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Fun Facts About Plants

 

Plants and trees are fascinating generally people know a lot about them however there are many facts that people don’t know…

  • An average tree can provide enough wood to make 170,100 pencils.
  • 85% of plant life is found in the ocean.
  • Brazil was named after a tree, the same tree a brazil nut comes from.
  • The trees and plant life in the amazon rainforest produce half of the worlds oxygen.
  • Caffeine serves the purpose of a pesticide in a coffee plant.
  • Peaches, pears, apricots, apples and strawberries are all members of the rose family
  • Your eyes water when chopping onions because onions contain sulfuric acid and give it off when chopped.
  • Strawberries have an average of 200 seeds per fruit and they are the only fruit to have seeds on the outside.
  • Leaving the skin on potatoes while cooking is healthier as all the vitamins are in the skin.
  • 2000 different plants are used by humans in cooking.
  • Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant, it can grow up to 45 inches in a single day.
  • Cabbage has 91% water content.
  • Banana is an Arabic word that means fingers.
  • ginkgo biloba is the oldest living tree species and it dates back to 250 million years ago.
  • The word pineapple comes from an explorer who thought they looked like pinecones but yet had the inner flesh of an apple.
  • If you eat a lot of onions it will make you sleepy as they act as a sedative.
  • A cucumber is a fruit.
  • There are over 300,000 different species of plant and the number is growing all the time.
  • During the 1600s tulips were so vulnerable in Holland that they were worth more than gold and they caused the crash of the Dutch economy.
  • The baobab tree, found in Africa, can store between 1000 and 120,000 litres of water in its swollen trunk.
  • Oak trees only start to produce acorns after they are 50 years old.

 

I hope you enjoyed learning about these facts as much as I did!

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