Posies, Poison, and Periods, Early 1920s
Posies, Poison, and Periods, Early 1920s
Centuries of folklore backed by scientists in the early 1900s have perpetuated the idea that menstruating women can exert dangerous forces.
Posies, Poison, and Periods, Early 1920s
Posies, Poison, and Periods, Early 1920s

Centuries of folklore backed by scientists in the early 1900s have perpetuated the idea that menstruating women can exert dangerous forces.

Centuries of folklore backed by scientists in the early 1900s have perpetuated the idea that menstruating women can exert dangerous forces.

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A Newly Found Organ for <em>Arabidopsis</em>
A Newly Found Organ for Arabidopsis
Kerry Grens | Jun 16, 2021
Horizontal arms dubbed cantils only appear under certain growing conditions—perhaps explaining why they had not been identified before.
Infographic: A Plant Cell&rsquo;s Cuticle Helps Regulate Toxic Chemical Accumulation
Infographic: A Plant Cell’s Cuticle Helps Regulate Toxic Chemical Accumulation
Ashley Yeager | Feb 1, 2021
Researchers found that thinning petunia cells’ cuticles caused them to slow production of volatile organic compounds.
Petunia&rsquo;s Waxy Cuticle Regulates the Plant&rsquo;s Sweet Smell
Petunia’s Waxy Cuticle Regulates the Plant’s Sweet Smell
Ashley Yeager | Feb 1, 2021
The thicker the flower petals’ cuticle, the more fragrance compounds the plant releases, according to a recent study.
Image of the Day: Roses Are Red, Poppies Are Too
Image of the Day: Roses Are Red, Poppies Are Too
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 14, 2019
New research shows how they get their deep hue.
Zach Lippman Susses Out How Gene Regulation Affects Plant Phenotypes
Zach Lippman Susses Out How Gene Regulation Affects Plant Phenotypes
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2019
The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory researcher is fueled by curiosity about how one species’ genome can produce a wide variety of traits.
Flower Preservation, 1916
Flower Preservation, 1916
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2019
James Kirkham Ramsbottom saved Britain’s daffodil industry from a devastating parasite, only to be forgotten.
Image of the Day: Sweet Lure
Image of the Day: Sweet Lure
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 18, 2019
Thought to be a nectar con artist, the candy spider-orchid actually does feed its pollinators, a select group of bees.
Image of the Day: What Does a Bee See? 
Image of the Day: What Does a Bee See? 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 21, 2017
Scientists identify floral temperature patterns as a sensory cue that may help bees identify flower species. 
Image of the Day: Flower in a Mushroom Suit
Image of the Day: Flower in a Mushroom Suit
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 21, 2017
Scientists discover the real pollinators of a popular houseplant flower. 
Image of the Day: 100-Million-Year-Old Flower
Image of the Day: 100-Million-Year-Old Flower
The Scientist Staff | Sep 21, 2017
Scientists think dinosaurs brushed these ancient flowers into pools of tree resin, creating fossils preserved in amber.  
Image of the Day: Bees, Flowers, and Pollen Showers
Image of the Day: Bees, Flowers, and Pollen Showers
The Scientist Staff | Jul 11, 2017
Bumblebees (Bombus impatiens) can amass pollen by “buzzing”—or oscillating—against a flower, creating a gentle flurry of grains.
To Attract Pollinators, Flower Mimics Wounded Bee
To Attract Pollinators, Flower Mimics Wounded Bee
Ben Andrew Henry | Oct 7, 2016
Umbrella flowers lure in flies by mimicking the alarm signals produced by the flies’ preferred prey.
Wired Flower
Wired Flower
Karen Zusi | Nov 24, 2015
Researchers use a conducting polymer to construct circuits inside plant cuttings in a proof-of-concept study.
Bumblebee Tongues Growing Shorter
Bumblebee Tongues Growing Shorter
Karen Zusi | Sep 28, 2015
Two alpine bee species have evolved shorter tongues, adapting to floral declines related to climate change.
The Structure of Flowers
The Structure of Flowers
Jef Akst | Apr 4, 2014
Architecture student-turned-artist Macato Murayama creates beautiful images inspired by the intricate anatomy of flowers.
Plants Without Plastid Genomes
Plants Without Plastid Genomes
Ed Yong | Feb 27, 2014
Two independent teams point to different plants that may have lost their plastid genomes.
On The Origin of Flowers
On The Origin of Flowers
Ed Yong | Dec 19, 2013
The genome of Amborella trichopoda—the sister species of all flowering plants—provides clues about this group’s rise to power.
Buzzed Honeybees
Buzzed Honeybees
Kate Yandell | Mar 11, 2013
The pollinators are more likely to recall flowers that offer them a caffeine reward.
Building Flowers
Building Flowers
Jef Akst | Feb 16, 2012
An architecture graduate constructs intricate botanical illustrations using the computer graphics programs intended to design buildings.