Tag Archives: Seeds

What is a puffball?

A puffball is a ball-shaped mushroom that gives off a puff of powdery spores when pinched.  It is a kind of mushroom growing in a field that looks very much like a round ball. Anyone who has kicked a ripe puffball and watched the cloud of “smoke” puff out knows how the puffball gets its …

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How did the sunflower get its name?

The sunflower gets its name from its habit of facing the sun.  Sunflowers are tall plants.  They have yellow flowers with large brown centers which are full of seeds that are good to eat. The sunflower gets its name from its habit of facing the sun as it moves from east to west during the …

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What is mustard made from?

The mustard you put on a hot dog is made from the seeds of the mustard plant. Mustard plants have bright yellow flowers and slender pods containing hard, round seeds.  The large, green leaves are rather jagged in shape. Perhaps your mother may use a powder made from mustard seeds in salad dressing in preparing …

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What is a bamboo?

We usually think of grass as a small plant.  Some grass grows less than one-inch high.  Wheat grass may stand five-feet tall and corn frequently grows more than 10 feet tall. Bamboo is a grass, too.  But unlike corn, wheat, oats, and other grass, bamboo grass may grow as tall as trees.  Some kinds of …

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Why do plants have flowers?

Flowers are the reproductive parts of flowering plants.  They make seeds that become new plants. Do you hurry by flowers or do you step and wonder why these fragrant, brightly colored things grow on plants? Flowers are an important  part of a plant because they pass on life to future plant generations by making seeds. …

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It does not Drink Water

How many times have we heard the saying “Water is life.”  We have also heard that life cannot exist without water.  Well there is an animal that does not drink water.  It is called the Jerboa. Jerboa is the name for the small, jumping rodents of the family Dipodidae, found in and parts of Asia.  …

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Where does mold come from?

Mold is really a patch of tiny plants.  Tiny molds “seeds” called spores are carried away by currents of air.  When they land on a material they can use as food, the spores grow into new mold plants. If you leave a piece of damp bread in the kitchen, in a few days it will …

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What is Pollen?

The tiny yellow grains that are found in flowers are pollen.  The flowers use it in making the seeds that will grow into new plants. The dusty yellow grains that are found in flowers are pollen. Plants make the pollen in the saclike anthers of their flowers.  Pollen grains are so small that they look …

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