Interesting Facts About Plants & Trees

Two famous presidents of the United States, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew cannabis sativa (marijuana) on their plantations.There are over 2000 species of palm trees.Corpse flower or Rafflesia is the largest single flower. They normally grow 3 feet in diameter and a corpse flower was measured to be 42 inches in diameter. It is found in Sumatra.Did you know the oldest living thing in existence is a bristlecone pine in the white mountains of California. It is 4,600 years old. It is nicknamed ‘Methuselah’.Kentia Palms are native to the Lord Howe Island of Australia.A single tree normally produces 260 pounds of oxygen in a year which is enough for a family of four people.A single tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces, driven over 8500 miles. Now plant more trees!Squirrels play an important role in growing new trees in the world, they bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.A healthy birch tree can produce as much as 1 million seeds in a year’s time(not in a lifetime).

The Tree of Hippocrates is located in Kos, Greece. The legend has it that Hippocrates taught his pupils the art of medicine under this tree.According to an estimate there are about 100,000 different species of trees.Balsa tree’s wood is considered the lightest wood with the greatest strength. It is used in the construction of airplane models.A high percentage of the flowers in Australian rainforests are not found elsewhere.

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