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Plants

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Flowers

Flowers have four major parts: the petals, the sepal, the stamen, and the carpal. The petals and the sepal are the pretty, sterile parts of a flower which may attract any number of pollinators. Red petals with no odor indicate that flower is meant for birds; blue petals with an odor mean it is meant for insects; brown petals with an odor are meant for mammals; and no petals or odor means the flower is meant for the wind. These different pollinators end up rubbing against the anther of the stamen and spread pollen to another plant of the same species so it may pollinate the carpal by brushing the pollen against the stigma and eventually having the pollen grow a tube to fertilize the ovary.

Trees

Trees develop seeds as complete embryos with a food source and seed coat. There are four major groups of trees: ginko, cycads, gnetophyta, and conifers. There is only one species of ginko tree surviving today, the Ginko biloba, who’s seeds stink like the wrong end of a dog. The Ginko is interesting in the fact that there are male trees and female trees. The cycads all have fern-like leaves and tend to live amongst the tropics. Gnetophyta contains a number of varied forms, including ephedra which is good for colds. Lastly, and most recognisably, there are the conifers, which are the evergreens who have leaves like needles so they may continue to photosynthesize all year round without losing too much water.









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American Basswood
American Elm
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American Holly
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American Hornbeam
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American Sycamore
Atlantic White Cedar
Black Cherry
Black Walnut
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Black Willow
Blue Spruce
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Boxelder Maple
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Callery Pear
Cherry
Colorado Spruce
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Common Hackberry
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Crab Apple
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Crimson King Maple
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Douglas Fir
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Eastern Redbud
Eastern White Pine
Flowering Dogwood
Gingko
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Golden Raintree
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Green Ash
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Honey Locust
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Japanese Cherry
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Japanese Honeysuckle
Japanese Maple
Kousa Dogwood
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Mockernut Hickory
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Mulberry
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Northern Catalpa
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Northern Red Oak
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Northern Spicebush
Norway Maple
Norway Spruce
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Pignut Hickory
Pin Oak
Plum
Red Maple
Red Pine
Red Spruce
Sassafras
Silver Maple
Staghorn Sumac
Sugar Maple
Sweetgum
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Tulip Poplar
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Viburnum sap
Weeping Cedar
White Ash
White Oak
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