Facts about plants to blow your mind

                                              Facts about plants

 1.  Around 2000 different types of plants are used by humans to make food.

 2. Strawberry is the only fruit that bears its seeds on the outside. The average strawberry has 200 seeds.

 3. Bamboo is the fastest-growing woody plant in the world; it can grow 35 inches in a single day.

4. Cucumber is a fruit and not a vegetable since it has seeds in the centre.

5. Vanilla flavouring comes from the pod of an orchid, Vanilla planifolia.

6. There are over 300,000 identified plant species and the list is growing all the time.

7. Oak trees are struck by lightning more than any other tree.

8. Carrots were originally purple in colour.

9. Oak trees don’t produce acorns until they are 50 years old.

10. Caffeine serves the function of a pesticide in a coffee plant.

11. At over 2000 kilometres long, The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth.

12. Cricket bats are made of a tree called Willow and baseball bats are made out of the wood of the Hickory tree.

13. The Amazon rainforest produces half the world’s oxygen supply.

14. 85% of plant life is found in the ocean.

15. An average size tree can provide enough wood to make 170,100 pencils.

16.The earth has more than 80,000 species of edible plants.

17. 70,000 plant species are utilized for medicine.

18. Plant species are going extinct—about 5,000 times faster than they should.       

19. Saffron, used as a flavoring in Mediterranean cooking, is harvested from the stigmas of a type of fall-blooming crocusCrocus sativus.

20. Snapdragon flowers resemble a dragon, and if you squeeze the sides, the dragon's mouth will appear to open and close.

21. Trees are the longest-living organisms on earth.

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