Tag Archives: Leaves

How does a plant make its food?

Green plants make food in their leaves in a special food-making process called “photosynthesis.” Green plants make food in their leaves in a special food-making process called “photosynthesis” (pronounced foe toe SIN three sis), a word meaning “putting together with light.” A leaf manufactures food by taking carbon dioxide from the air and water from …

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What makes the wind blow?

Wind is caused chiefly by the uneven heating of the earth by the sun. All winds, from gentle breezes that rustle leaves to raging hurricanes, are caused chiefly by the uneven heating of the earth by the sun. When the air near the ground gets hot, it expands or swells.  This makes it lighter, and …

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What are aphids?

Aphids are tiny soft-bodied insects that such the juices of plants. During the summer, you may find the stems and leaves of you garden plants crowded with tiny pear-shaped insects called aphids.  Another name for them is “plant lice.” Aphids are among the most common insect pests of plants.  The aphid lives only to eat. Its mouth …

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What is a venus-flytrap?

Venus-flytraps are small insect-eating plants.  When an insect touches the trigger hairs in the plant’s leaf, it snaps shut like a trap. You have probably seen so many plants spoiled by insects, but have you ever seen a plant that “eats” insects? One of the strange insect-eating plants is the Venus’s-flytrap.  This small plant is …

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Why do onions make our eyes water?

Our eyes are really watering all the time.  Tears come from special tear glands in the corners of our eyes.  When we blink, our eyelids squeeze little drops of tears from the glands to bathe our eyes, to keep them from drying out and to help wash away specks of dirt. Onions give off a …

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Where does tea come from?

Tea is a drink made from the cured leaves of the tea plant which grows in such countries as India, china and Ceylon. Tea is a drink made from cured leaves of the tea plant.  Most of the world’s tea is grown on plantations, or “tea gardens,” in such faraway places as India, Ceylon and …

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How does banana grows?

Banana grow on tall stalks that look much like palm trees.  People in nearly every land like bananas.  They grow on tall plants that are often called trees.   They  are not real trees because they do not have a woody trunk like a tree.  Instead, the stalk is made up of long leaves wrapped tightly …

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What is a timberline?

Some mountains have trees growing clear to their tops, but on many high mountains there is a line above which trees stop growing. The place where trees stop growing is called the “timberline”.  Trees don’t grow above it because they cannot survive the freezing temperatures there. Above the timberline the mountainside is likely to be …

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What makes poison ivy itch?

The leaves and stem of poison ivy contain a poisonous oil that is very irritating to the skin. Poison Ivy is one of the most common and  most-feared poisonous plants in North America.   Few people can touch the leaves or berries without being poisoned. The poison is an oil that is extremely irritating to the skin, …

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What is a Spanish moss?

SPANISH MOSS IS AN AIR PLANT THAT CAN BE SEEN IN SOME SOUTHERN STATES HANGING IN LONG, GRAY STREAMERS FROM TREES. Spanish moss is a plant that can be seen hanging in long, gray streamers from the limbs of trees in the cypress swamps of the South.  It is not really a moss at all, …

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