Tropical plant rediscovered after 150 years

Tropical plant rediscovered after 150 years

first_img © 2018 Phys.org A small team of researchers with the Crop Research Institute and Palacký University, both in the Czech Republic, has rediscovered a plant first (and last) recorded over a century and a half ago. In their paper published in the journal Phytotaxa describing their find, Michal Sochor, Zuzana Egertova, Michal Hrones and Martin Dancak describe the plant, a mycoheterotroph called Thismia neptunis. An orchid that never blooms More information: MICHAL SOCHOR et al. Rediscovery of Thismia neptunis (Thismiaceae) after 151 years, Phytotaxa (2018). DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.340.1.5 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. T. neptunis was first discovered back in 1866 by botanist Odoardo Beccari. He drew pictures of it in his notebook. The plant was not seen by other researchers until the team from the Czech Republic came across it last year, and took what are believed to be the only pictures of it ever captured.The plant, the team reports, is small, with a flower just 9 centimeters across. It grows in wet dirt along a river in a rainforest in Matang Massif, Borneo. It is also a member of the mycoheterotrophic family, which means it is not capable of photosynthesis, but instead survives as a parasite. It has no leaves, but its flower is unique, shaped like a bulb with three antennae-looking appendages that stick straight up into the air. The bulb itself is described as pale-colored with red stripes and an opening on top. The bulb is suspended on a whitish smooth stem. The plant’s features are similar to others in the genus Thismia, which collectively have been given the unofficial name of fairy lanterns. The team reports that they found dead flies inside one of the plants, suggesting a means for pollination. They noted also that Beccari did a remarkably good job of capturing what the plant looks like in his drawings.Prior research on other mycoheterotrophs has shown that they are tropical plants with more structure underground than above—the flower is, of course, used as a means of reproduction. They survive by absorbing fluids from underground fungi and typically only bloom for a few weeks at a time over the course of a year. They do not always bloom, though, which suggests the find by the Czech team was quite lucky.Beccarri, the researchers note, also discovered two other plant species in the area—they are hoping to rediscover those as well. Explore further Thismia neptunis: flowering plants (A, B), bud (C), detail of flower (D), section of floral tube and outer view of connective tube (E), detail of inner perianth lobe. Credit: Phytotaxa (2018). DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.340.1.5 Citation: Tropical plant rediscovered after 150 years (2018, March 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-tropical-rediscovered-years.htmllast_img read more

Revival of tourism our govts top priority says Harish Rawat

Revival of tourism our govts top priority says Harish Rawat

first_imgFlagging revival of tourism which was hit hard by 2013 flash floods as his top priority, Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday said a number of initiatives have been taken by the state government to give the message of a safe Uttarakhand to the outside world so that the tourism industry in the state could be put back on track.”Tourism is the mainstay of our economy. Our efforts are directed towards its revival. Giving the message of a safe Uttarakhand to the outside world is necessary for this. Hence we are focusing as of now on the Char Dham and Mansarovar pilgrimages. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”Once we succeed in achieving our priorities, we will shift our attention to the redressal of?the problems of employees, ” Rawat said addressing the sixth session of technical and field employees association of Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan here.Noting that employees can contribute significantly towards putting tourism and the state’s economy back on track, Rawat asked them to prepare an atmosphere conducive to the state’s rise on the growth trajectory over the next six months.He said the state has not been able to benefit from a number of central schemes due to its incapacity for increased spending.last_img read more

Save your nails from discoloration in simple steps

first_imgAre your nails brittle, discoloured, growing slowly, weak or easily breakable? Use different mixtures like olive oil and lemon juice or soak your hands in some beer, suggest experts.Olive oil and lemon juice mixture: Apply the mixture of a teaspoon of olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice to your nails and massage it thoroughly, let it soak in, then slip soft manicure gloves on and let the mixture work its magic overnight.Sea salt treatment: Mix together two teaspoons of fine sea salt with two drops each of lemon juice or oil, myrrh oil and wheat germ oil. Put this mixture in Luke warm water and soak you hands for 10-15 minutes. Repeat it twice a week. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBeer therapy: Take a half cup of beer, mix it with warm quarter of a cup of olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Now, soak your hands in the mixture for 10 minutes until the nutrients get soaked in.Egg yolks and milk: Moisture is boon to nails. Massage the mixture of egg yolk and milk onto your nails that helps you to retain moisture overnight.Vaseline: In addition to curing various skin problems this petroleum jelly is also useful for curing brittle nails. Simply smear Vaseline once a day onto your nails for healthy nails. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHerbal mask: Mix a teaspoon each of chamomile and peppermint tea in a cup of boiled water and allow it to soak for an hour or half, and remove the herbs away. Then add a few drops of olive oil and two teaspoons of wheat floor. Stir it well, apply it to your nails and keep it on for half an hour.Avoid nail polish remover: Nail polish remover consists of chemicals, enemy of skin, it not only damages your skin but also make your nails brittle. Instead of using nail polish remover go for cheap perfumes or natural nail polish remover.last_img read more

WestJet to start serving McDonalds coffee

WestJet to start serving McDonalds coffee

first_img Monday, November 21, 2016 Posted by WestJet to start serving McDonald’s coffee CALGARY — WestJet has signed a deal to serve McDonald’s coffee aboard its flights.The airline says it will start serving the coffee on a flight from Toronto to Calgary today and expand service across its fleet.WestJet says it also plans to offer McDonald’s coffee on its regional airline, WestJet Encore.McDonald’s has been working to improve its coffee in recent years with its McCafe brand.The deal is similar to other arrangements airlines have struck with coffee companies.Air Canada serves Second Cup coffee on its flights, while Porter Airlines serves Starbucks coffee in its lounges and on its aircraft. Loading… The Canadian Press center_img Share Tags: WestJet << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more