The scientific name for the avocado is Persea americana, which means "alligator pear" in Latin. The name suggests that its roots lie in the Americas, or more specifically, Southern Mexico and Central America. Evidence su... More » Science Biology Botany

The cactus is a member of the taxonomic family Cactaceae, a group of succulent plants that perform photosynthesis in their stems instead of in their leaves. Many species are able to survive in extremely dry environments ... More » Science Biology Botany

Scientifically, plankton are either referred to as phytoplankton (plant plankton), or zooplankton (animal plankton). Phytoplankton are smaller than zooplankton, and a basic food source for many animals in the ocean, incl... More » Science Biology
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