Welcome to my amateur science blog! Here you will find mostly Bits O' Botany, but also pictures of my cat Cake, other Bits O' Science, and other random things! You'll also find that I'm here to help and connect with not only other plant lovers, but anyone! Feel free to ask any questions, or just shoot me a message! Long days and pleasant nights, sai!
I plan to join in his conquest!
Animal fun fact: Chinchillas can’t get wet. Their fur retains too much water and will start to grow mold. So they bathe by rolling around in dust.
Chinchilla fun fact: Chinchillas have around 20 hairs per follicle; unlike humans who have 2-3 hairs per follicle. Because their fur is so dense, they cannot get fleas or other parasites. The bugs will suffocate in their fur.
Chinchilla fun fact: Petting one of those awesome little guys feels like touching a motherfucking cloud.
Chinchilla fun fact: if the males get mad at you, they’ll sometimes run around the walls of their cages, stop while facing you, and proceed to pee in your face.
So, I tried the thing where you put carrot tops in shallow water, and it’s going pretty well. Look at all the greens that have grown from the top! A couple of them have even started to grow white rootlets off of the bottom. I’m not sure if this will end up in completely new carrot plants, but We’ll see…
You will grow seeds, not a whole new edible carrot root. It’s a fun regrow though!
Lavoisier is having none of your shit.
Heeeey so fun fact: the woman in that painting is Lavoisier’s wife, Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze, who not only acted as Lavoisier’s lab assistant but also translated English and Latin texts into French so he could read them. But she didn’t just translate, she pointed out errors in the chemistry in some of the texts. Her observations of these errors convinced Lavoisier to study combustion, which led to his discovery of oxygen. She was also critical to the publication of Lavoisier’s Elementary Treatise on Chemistry in 1789. She kept strict records of every experiment they conducted together and drew detailed diagrams of all their equipment. She also threw amazing parties and invited all the brightest minds in science so her husband could pick their brains. After Lavoisier was guillotined she secured all of his notebooks and equipment for posterity.
In short: NOBODY KICKS MADAME LAVOISIER OUT OF THE LAB.
Also, a side note: My historian husband-to-be pointed some things out to me about this painting. Notice that Madame Lavoisier is looking at the viewer, and all the light is on her, while Lavoisier himself is physically smaller than her, in shadow, and looking up to her in reverence. This isn’t a candid photograph- all of these choices are deliberate. The painting isn’t of Lavoisier- Madame Lavoisier is meant to be the central subject.
I can just imagine Lavoisier telling all his colleagues that his wife is really the one with all the clever ideas, and them patting him on the back and telling him he’s sweet for saying so.
I LOVE IT
This spectacular cactus belongs to the Endangered species Mammillaria pectinifera (Cactaceae), which has a highly restricted and patchy distribution. It is endemic to the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley, occurring only in the state of Puebla, Mexico at elevations of 1,700 - 2,300 m asl.
This cactus grows in xerophyllous scrub and grasslands, on calcareous soils. It exhibits high habitat specificity with relatively deep alkaline soils, high water retention capacity, and relatively high surface stoniness.
This species has abiotic nurses (i.e. rocks) that increase the survival of seedlings. The species flowers from December to March. Seeds are retained among the plant tubercules, and are released gradually.
Photo credit: ©alloe
Locality: unknown (cultivated)
My cousin leaves for boot camp soon, so I made him a thing cx!
Marshall will never let BMO go, and he’s taking him to the nightosphere.
Fionna will never let this happen.
BMO loves everyone
Cake is 1000000% done with them.
The spectacular Titan Arum
With a massive flowering structure that rises some three metres above the ground, the Titan arum is a giant among plants, scientifically named Amorphophallus titanum (Alismatales - Araceae).
These striking plants dwell only in the rainforests of western Sumatra, on steep hillsides that are 120 to 365 m above sea level.
The Titan arum has a massive inflorescence (flowering structure) consisting of a spathe (collar-like structure) wrapped around a spadix (flower-bearing spike). The spathe is the shape of an upturned bell. It is green speckled with cream on the outside, and rich crimson on the inside. It has ribbed sides and a frilled edge, and can be up to three metres in circumference.
The flowers are carried on the lower end of the greyish-yellow spadix. At the base of the spadix, within the protective chamber formed by the spathe, is a band of cream male flowers above a ring of the larger pink female flowers. When the flowers are ready for pollination, the spadix heats up and emits a nauseating smell. This stench is so bad that the Indonesians call the plant ‘the corpse flower’.
These wonders of nature are not easy to observe in the wild; they can take ten years to flower and are only open for one day.