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18 September 2005 @ 04:49 pm
Ten random things: Reader Request Month, day 18  

Ten dioecious plants:

  1. Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
  2. Sago Cycad (Cycas revoluta)
  3. American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)
  4. Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
  5. Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera)
  6. Rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum)
  7. Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)
  8. Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
  9. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)
  10. Cannabis (Cannabis sativa)

rustydog wanted to see sassafras mentioned in a list, and for a change I thought I'd go with the obvious interpretation of the request instead of posting, say, a list of suburbs of Melbourne. Dioecious plants, by the way, are those on which the male and female reproductive organs are found on separate indviduals of the same species. Dr. Bob and Wikipedia were very helpful in compiling this list.

 
 
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Rusty: rosemaryrustydog on September 21st, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC)
Dioecious plants, by the way, are those on which the male and female reproductive organs are found on separate indviduals of the same species.

I did not know this! Thank you very much. Now I have to figure out what the reproductive organs look like. Sassafras is considered kind of a "weed tree" here, so we don't pay a lot of attention to it. I can say, though, that when you break the green leaves in your hand, they smell like fruit loops.
All emo from my impeachmentbrooding_soul on September 25th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
I ust learned what dioecious means in zoology!