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Be amazed by the world of plants. Learn about the venus flytrap, trees, flowers, poison ivy, photosynthesis, shrubs and herbs as well as other interesting processes and strange species.
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Tree resin which has been fossilized is known as amber, it sometimes contains plant material or small animals that were trapped inside. More tree facts for kids.
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Some plants are carnivores, gaining nutrients by eating various small insects and spiders. A well known example of a carnivorous plant is the Venus Flytrap.
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Bamboo can be a fast growing plant, some types can grow almost a metre (3.28 feet) in just one day!
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While using energy from sunlight, plants turn carbon dioxide into food in a process called photosynthesis.
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Around 2000 different types of plants are used by humans to make food.
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Onions might taste good but they can be painful to chop. A gas is released when you cut onions that irritates you eyes, the tears you produce while this happens are your body’s way of washing it from your eyes.
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In the agricultural industry, to ensure crops of food grow well water is often added to soil in the form of irrigation.
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Plant matter found at the bottom of areas with water such as swamps can eventually turn into coal due to a process called metamorphosis (changing form).
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There are over 200,000 identified plant species and the list is growing all the time.
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Poison ivy produces a skin irritant called urushiol. Touching poison ivy will cause an allergic reaction, usually in the form of an itchy rash on the skin.
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Fertilizers are chemicals added to plants to help them grow. Important elements in fertilizers include nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Manure (animal waste) is also used as a fertilizer.

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