How does a Venus Flytrap catch a fly?
Venus Fly-trap. (Dionaea muscipula). A guide to the wild flowers, by Alice Lounsberry (1899)
Where did roses come from?
For thousands of years roses have adorned people, decorated homes, and formed an essential part of celebrations and funerals. Five petal roses originate in China, and roses have been cultivated in Asia for over 5,000 years. Roses have been a popular flower in the Middle East, and throughout history, roses have been featured in food, medicine, art and decoration in the region. Ancient Egyptians loved roses and credited them with healing and aphrodisiac properties. Roman emperors Nero and Heliogabalus were so fond of roses they had remarkable ceilings installed in their palaces so rose petals could cascade onto diners below - some accounts allege the petals were so abundant they suffocated and killed unlucky guests.
The Roses of Heliogabalus by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
What is the biggest flower in the world?
Rafflesia arnoldii is the largest individual flower in the world - measuring approximately one meter wide and weighing up to 11kg. The deep red flower only lasts for a few days and is also known as the Stinking Corpse Lily due to its pungent odour of decaying flesh. It is native to the Sumatran and Borneo rainforests and is one of the three national flowers of Indonesia.
Rafflesia, London: Printed by Richard and Arthur Taylor, 1821
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