You are probably familiar with Amorphophallus titanum, the titan arum, which has the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, but do you know about its smaller, red tongued sibling Amorphophallus konjac? Family Description A. konjac is a member of the … Continue reading
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Neotropical most iconic plant family! Bromeliads are part of our life in several different ways, especially for those who live on the American continent, where these plants firstly evolved around a hundred millions years ago (Givnish et al. 2011). Doubtless … Continue reading
We hosted a visit from the 1st Whiteknights Brownies this evening in a very warm and humid tropical atmosphere. Over an hour we toured the world of plants asking questions such as ‘What eats chilli peppers and why?’, ‘how do … Continue reading
On Saturday the 15th of March the Tropical Biodiversity Glasshouse project had the pleasure of hosting families from the Talfourd Avenue group. They kindly agreed to come test our new (and hopefully improved) glasshouse tour, which was designed and created … Continue reading
Posted in Countries, Fish, Hands-on, Interactive, Labelling, Learning and Teaching, Pond, Technology, Water Plants
Tagged banana, carnivorous plant, community education, Kinaesthetic learning, local visits, teaching and learning, Tropical biodiversity, Tropical Crops, Tropical food plants, water hyacinth, zingiberaceae
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“I put a few between my teeth and crunched. They cracked like coriander releasing a billowing aroma, and then a slowly intensifying heat, like pepper at the back of my mouth. The taste changes in a second. The heat lingered. … Continue reading
Now that winter is on our doorstep, some of us like to think of warmer places. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend December in a tropical country? I like to imagine what a traditional Christmas meal could be in a … Continue reading
Posted in Crops, Learning and Teaching, Neotropics, People, Students
Tagged Araceae, Cocoyam, edible, MSc Plant Diversity, Sara Barrios, Taxonomy, Tropical biodiversity, tropical crop, Tropical Crops, Tropical food plants, Xanthosoma sagittifolium
Few plant species can have been better studied than rice. There is a wealth of information out there; I’ve picked a few interesting and enlightening extracts- a résumé of rice if you like.