Some Strange
and Interesting Plant Facts

       The earliest flower is a flower that scientists think is 120 million years
       old. It was identified in the year 1989 by Dr. Leo Hickey and Dr. David
       Taylor of Yale University, from a fossil discovered near Melbourne,
       Australia. The fossil of the flower was discovered in Victoria, Australia.
       The angiosperm resembles the modern black pepper plant. It has 2
       leaves and one flower, and is known as the Koonwarra plant.

       A Venus Fly Trap is a plant with a trap which snaps closed to catch an
       insect. This insect is its food. It can stay closed after catching the insect
       for a period of twenty or thirty days in some cases. When the fly trap is
       about to reopen, it can take a while to become fully open. It can close
       rapidly if an insect goes in it when reopening.

       Imagine seeing large glaciers move across the land, watching Indians
       battle, seeing the Pilgrims arrive, watching the Revolutionary War, the
       Civil War, and hippies all in onelifetime? Well you could. That is, if
       you were a bristle cone pine. They can live to be 4,600 years old! (Let
       me tell you, that's quite a few more years than your math teacher!)

       Ah, now let's settle back, close our eyes and picture this.

       You're taking a leisurely stroll deep in the woods. You see a gigantic
       shape looming in the distance. You slowly push the leaves aside to
       reveal a HUGE flower.

       If this ever happened, you'd have been lucky enough to see the titan
       arum. It is a monster. If it was part human, you would NOT want to
       mess with it! It's actually taller than Shaq and Michael Jordan! It is
       NINE feet tall, and THREE feet across! WOW!

       This fact is unbelievable! Imagine a water lily that can grow up to be 6
       feet across!!! The Amazon water lily has a lip around the leaf that is 6
       inches high. The underside of this magnificent plant is a rich purple.

       The decending roots of a strangler fig encircles the trunk of its host. The
       fig kills the host tree and the dead tree rots away. All that's left is the fig
       roots shaped in a circle.