Woody bamboo, or Bambuseae poaceae, falls within the family of grasses and represents the tallest variety, with some species typically reaching more than 100 feet in height. Bamboo is found largely in warmer or tropical climates and can grow an astonishing 100 feet tall in just three months.Continue Reading
Because of bamboo's remarkable rate of growth and also its high tensile strength, close to that of steel in some species, it is used in a variety of human applications. These include everything from food and drink to construction, as reinforcement for concrete.
The next tallest form of grass is miscanthus, also called elephant grass or Ugandan grass. It is native to the grasslands of East Africa. It typically grows up to 10 feet in height and can reach up to 22 feet. It resembles bamboo in many respects and is a perennial plant. Miscanthus is most often used for animal fodder, but is also being developed as an alternative to corn in biofuel production.
Both bamboo and miscanthus are native to tropical regions. In North America are only used in gardening, landscaping or agriculture in the southernmost regions. In many parts of the world; however, bamboo in particular is an integral part of the lifestyle and it is estimated that more than half the world's population uses bamboo in one form or another every day.Learn more about Botany
While the Sahara desert is a hot and unforgiving place, more than 2,800 species of trees, shrubs and grasses call it home. Most of these plants exist in the northernmost and southernmost reaches of the desert where rainfall is more frequent than the middle of the desert. Central Sahara is home to only around 500 species, most of them trees and shrubs that put down deep root systems to survive.Full Answer >
Many plant species lived during the Quaternary Period, including bushes, shrubs, prairie grasses, birch, pine, spruce, oak, maple and flowering plants of all types. Due to ice ages, plant populations and their ecosystems increased and decreased during the past 2.6 million years of the Quaternary Period.Full Answer >
Cross-pollination, which is when the pollen of one plant fertilizes another plant of the same species, occurs in a huge number of plants, including corn, willows, grasses and olive trees. A large number of food crops are cross pollinated, including squash, onions, broccoli and spinach.Full Answer >
Some facts about the birch tree are that it belongs to the family Betulaceae, there are over 60 species of it around the world and it's a medium-sized tree that can grow between 30 and 50 feet in height. Also, the birch tree has green leaves that are oval or elliptical in shape and it produces fruit called "samara."Full Answer >