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Bee flying towards a Cape jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) flower

Researchers explain the expression of self-pollinating flowers

By | Botany, News, Plant Science

People often thing of flowers as a bright and showy splash of contrasting colors. But some plant species actually produce two types of flowers: normal ones with a colorful appearance, and “runts” that are small, never open. Why do some plants produce small and unattractive flowers? Two researchers think they’ve figured out why, supporting a hypothesis dating back 150 years to Charles Darwin.

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flower field with poppy and smaller blue flowers

New study unravels Darwin’s ‘abominable mystery’ surrounding origin of flowering plants

By | Botany, News, Plant Science

The origin of flowering plants famously puzzled Charles Darwin, who described their sudden appearance in the fossil record from relatively recent geological times as an “abominable mystery”. This mystery has further deepened with an inexplicable discrepancy between the relatively recent fossil record and a much older time of origin of flowering plants estimated using genome data.

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