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Offline kevin-beverly

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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #45 on: October 23, 2018, 08:32:03 AM »


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Rosmarinus officinalis

commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, which includes many other herbs
Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub with leaves similar to hemlock needles. It is native to the Mediterranean and Asia, but is reasonably hardy in cool climates. It can withstand droughts, surviving a severe lack of water for lengthy periods. Forms range from upright to trailing; the upright forms can reach 1.5 m (5 ft) tall, rarely 2 m (6 ft 7 in). The leaves are evergreen, 2–4 cm (0.8–1.6 in) long and 2–5 mm broad, green above, and white below, with dense, short, woolly hair. The plant flowers in spring and summer in temperate climates, but the plants can be in constant bloom in warm climates; flowers are white, pink, purple or deep blue. Rosemary also has a tendency to flower outside its normal flowering season; it has been known to flower as late as early December, and as early as mid-February (in the northern hemisphere).In some parts of the world, it is considered an invasive species




In the right amounts, rosemary is not a toxic plant. However, ingestion of rosemary preparations or skin use of high amounts of rosemary essential oil can be toxic

Common rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is desirable for its beautiful spring blooms, hardy nature and versatility. Rosemary has been hybridized to produce a number of cultivars. Because common rosemary is edible, all varieties are edible, but they do slightly vary in flavor and in their growth habits


The herb has been hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties. Rosemary was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth
There is a vast array of data supporting rosemary’s effectiveness against varieties of cancers including Leukemia
Colon
Pancreas
Breast
Prostate
Ovaries
Cervix
Bladder
Liver
Lung
Both rosmarinic acid and rosemary extracts decreased heterocyclic amines (HCAs), which are cancer-causing molecules found in meats such as beef, chicken, pork, and fish







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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #46 on: October 23, 2018, 09:06:09 AM »


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Lavandula

Lavender 47 known species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and is found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia, China to southeast India  lavender (the color of the flower of the lavender plant) remains the standard for lavender, just as there are many shades of pink (light red, light rose, and light magenta colors), there are many shades of lavender (some light magenta, some light purple, [mostly] light violet



Lavender oil is generally not poisonous in adults when breathed in during aromatherapy or swallowed in smaller amounts. It may cause a reaction in children who swallow small amounts. The major effects are due to allergic reactions of the skin


Lavender-flavored cupcakes
Culinary lavender is usually English lavender, the most commonly used species in cooking (L. angustifolia 'Munstead' ). As an aromatic, it has a sweet fragrance with a taste of lemon or citrus notes. It is used as a spice or condiment in pastas, salads and dressings, and desserts.Their buds and greens are used in teas, and their buds, processed by bees, are the essential ingredient of monofloral honey  Queen Elizabeth prized a lavender conserve (jam) at her table, so lavender was produced as a jam at that time, as well as used in teas both medicinally and for its taste.


Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites. Research suggests that it may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness Lavender oil is a great scent for both women and men. You can either try adding pure oil directly to your skin
Lavender essential oil has very powerful antiseptic properties. Applying it to wounds can not only increase cell growth causing the wound to heal faster, but it also decreases the appearance of scars. The oils anti-microbial action protects scrapes and wounds from infection, while allowing them heal.











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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #47 on: October 23, 2018, 01:37:06 PM »


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Fuchsia

Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola about 1696–1697 by the French Minim monk and botanist Fuchsia Flowers – Annual Or Perennial Fuchsia Plants. ... You can grow fuchsias as annuals but they are actually tender perennials,
Can Fuchsias survive winter?
The plant will look dead, but it will just be sleeping for the winter. ... Continuing fuchsia winter care is basically watering the plant about once every three to four weeks. The soil should be moist but not soaked. The last step to overwintering fuchsias is to bring it out of dormancy
Fuchsia gall mite
Aculops fuchsiae, commonly known as fuchsia gall mite, is a species of mite in the family Eriophyidae. It feeds on Fuchsia plants, causing distortion of growing shoots and flowers. It is regarded as a horticultural pest. Control
Non-chemical control Gall mites in general are relatively tolerant of pesticides and home garden products will be ineffective  the fuchsia gall mite, is native to South America. It was first found in California, USA in 1981 where it has spread rapidly, around the world killing the plant or being dug up and burnt


 

                                                           fuchsia with gall mite
                     


In fact, all fuchsia fruit are edible and you can eat the flowers too. ... Since we have established there is no fuchsia plant toxicity, it is safe to gather some berries and/or flowers and try them out.

Fuchsia hybrdia's blossoms and berries are edible. Often used in salads, these blooms are attractive but acidic, so use in small quantities. Fertilize in spring to promote flower growth with organic fertilizer when growing for culinary uses.

Diuretic, febrifuge, and refrigerant; one half to one ounce. Its medicinal use is secured from the bark employed as a febrifuge. It has been much employed in Italy and on the Continent as a febrifuge. It is sometimes given as a febrifuge, and as a remedy for cold in the head.









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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #48 on: October 24, 2018, 08:46:46 AM »


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LEMON FRUIT TREE

The origin of the lemon is unknown, though lemons are thought to have first grown in Assam (a region in northeast India), northern Burma or China. A genomic study of the lemon indicated it was a hybrid between bitter orange (sour orange) and citron
Lemons entered Europe near southern Italy no later than the second century AD
It was distributed widely throughout the Arab world and the Mediterranean region between 1000 and 1150
you can grow lemon trees in the uk a sunny spot i have grow two in london with fruit




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Lemon trees (Citrus limon), with their fragrant blossoms, attractive foliage and edible fruit, offer year-round appeal for home gardeners. ... Humans can eat lemons, but man's best friend should stay away from lemon trees: They contain essential oils that are toxic to dogs.
As well as lime, orange and other citrus fruits are known to contain aromatic oils and compounds of Psoralen which is toxic to dogs, cats, and some animals. The acid is found all over the entire plant. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, depression and photosensitivity.



Are citrus leaves edible?
Cooking with lemon leaves. ... But before having my own lemon tree I had never thought of using also its leaves. Much like kaffir lime leaves, while you may not want to eat them, lemon leaves can be used to impart a wonderful lemon essence to your cooking, particularly when wrapped around your chosen food and grilled.The leaves of the lemon tree are used to make a tea and for preparing cooked meats and seafoods.


Lemon is a plant. The fruit, juice, and peel are used to make medicine. Lemon is used to treat scurvy, a condition caused by not having enough vitamin C.The disease you and your fellow sailors were suffering from is scurvy. Scurvy is a disease caused by a vitamin C deficiency. When the sailors began their voyage they had fresh fruits and vegetables on their ship. Fruits and vegetables are hard to keep fresh, so the sailors had to eat them right away.
 Lemon is also used for the common cold and flu, H1N1 (swine) flu, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), Meniere's disease, and kidney stones.







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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #49 on: October 25, 2018, 09:01:59 AM »



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Ecballium


MR Eggy Neil has got this plant in his garden

Ecballium is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cucurbitaceae containing a single species, Ecballium elaterium, also called the squirting cucumber or exploding cucumber It is native to Europe, northern Africa, and temperate areas of Asia  It gets its unusual name from the fact that, when ripe, it squirts a stream of mucilaginous liquid containing its seeds, which can be seen with the naked eye. It is thus considered to have rapid plant movement.


This plant, and especially its fruit, is poisonous, containing cucurbitacins.
The human serious adverse reactions of the folkloric plant, Ecballium elaterium (EE), are well documented in the literature. This report is presenting the medical literature of 74 cases, which experienced severe adverse reactions or deaths that resulted from the administration of the plant juice. The survey of these human cases exhibits several adverse effects such as: acute rhinitis, uvular edema, soft palate, upper airway edema. In conclusion, the use of EE juice in folk medicine can cause severe adverse reactions that should not be ignored but it should be medically treated

Squirting cucumber contains poisonous cucurbitacins, and all parts of the plant can be fatal if ingested. The hairy, rough, thick-stemmed plant may spread out to about 60 cm (about 24 inches) and has yellow bell-shaped flowers. The long-stalked bluish green fruits are about 4–5 cm (1.6–2 inches) long.


The squirting cucumber has been used as a medicinal plant for over 2,000 years
The juice of the fruit is antirheumatic, cardiac and purgative
It is used internally in the treatment of oedema associated with kidney complaints, heart problems, rheumatism, paralysis and shingles. Externally, it has been used to treat sinusitis and painful joints. It should be used with great caution and only under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. Excessive doses have caused gastro-enteritis and even death. It should not be used by pregnant women since it can cause an abortion. The fully grown but unripe fruits are harvested during the summer, they are left in containers until the contents are expelled and the juice is then dried for later use. The root contains an analgesic principle.












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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #50 on: October 25, 2018, 09:13:44 AM »
Only a few pop up , now an again , Kevin.  - I catch them early. - Careful if you pull them up as they do tend to squirt at you.
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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #51 on: October 25, 2018, 10:09:36 AM »


HI Neil
I Don't wish to know about your squriting cucumber what goes on in your garden stays there hahaha

p/s
 don't pull to hard

kev



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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #52 on: October 26, 2018, 08:51:57 AM »

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Ficus elastica

Ficus elastica, the rubber fig, rubber bush, rubber tree, rubber plant, or Indian rubber bush, Indian rubber tree, is a species of plant in the fig genus, native to eastern parts of South Asia and southeast Asia. It has become naturalized in Sri Lanka, the West Indies, and the US State of Florida
It has broad shiny oval leaves 10–35 centimetres (3.9–13.8 in) long and 5–15 centimetres (2.0–5.9 in) broad; leaf size is largest on young plants (occasionally to 45 centimetres or 18 inches long), much smaller on old trees (typically 10 centimetres or 3.9 inches long). The leaves develop inside a sheath at the apical meristem, which grows larger as the new leaf develops. When it is mature, it unfurls and the sheath drops off the plant. Inside the new leaf, another immature leaf is waiting to develop
It is a large tree in the banyan group of figs, growing to 30–40 metres (98–131 ft) (rarely up to 60 metres or 200 feet) tall, with a stout trunk up to 2 metres (6.6 ft) in diameter. The trunk develops aerial and buttressing roots to anchor it in the soil and help support heavy branches.
YOU CAN SEE THIS PLANT OPPOSITE THE COCONUT BAR / MALIBU BAR

A banyan, also spelled "banian", is a fig that begins its life as an epiphyte, i.e. a plant that grows ... The leaves of the banyan tree are large, leathery, glossy, green, and elliptical. Like most figs, the leaf bud is covered by two large scales

                                                   A BANYAN TREE WITH AERIAL ROOTS MATURITY             

GROWN AS INDOOR PLANT
 


Rubber plant's (Ficus elastica) common name does not imply that it is pliable. Its milky white sap contains latex, which was originally used to make rubber. Because this sap is poisonous to people and pets, rubber plant is best put out of reach of children


Vulcanized rubber has many more applications. Resistance to abrasion makes softer kinds of rubber valuable for the treads of vehicle tires and conveyor belts, and makes hard rubber valuable for pump housings and piping used in the handling of abrasive sludge.


Medicinal Uses. Packed full of vitamins and rich in sugar the fruit of the ficus elastica contains a substance called mucilage which is also present in Aloe Vera plant and some cactus. It is very helpful with a host of stomach problems such nausea, general pain or digestive problems.








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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #53 on: October 27, 2018, 11:48:57 AM »


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Crocus

You will see this plant early spring.
Crocus is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family comprising 90 species of perennials growing from corms. Many are cultivated for their flowers appearing in autumn, winter, or spring. The spice saffron is obtained from the stigmas of Crocus sativus, an autumn-blooming species.
The crocus flower (Crocus flavus) is a member of the iris family and blossoms in an array of colors such as white, yellow, orange, red and purple. With the flower petals spanning 8 cm when in full bloom, this beautiful perennial flourishes in early to mid-spring or early autumn and can be found most often in dry, barren ground. In addition, crocuses are protected from frost by a waxy cuticle, which allows them to bloom even during unseasonable cold spells. In Greek mythology, Zeus allegedly used a crocus to lure Phoenician princess Europa while she was flower-picking so he could carry her away with him.




These ingestions can cause general gastrointestinal upset including drooling, vomiting and diarrhea. These should not be mistaken for Autumn Crocus, part of the Liliaceae family, which contains a toxic alkaloid called colchicine. All parts of the Autumn Crocus are poisonous.

what is the difference between autumn crocus and spring crocus
Crocus that flower from September to November amaze me. These 'autumn flowering crocus' are unlike spring crocus – bigger, bolder flowers, often without leaves around them, and such a welcome shot of colour in the late sun of autumn. Crocus speciosus is probably the most often planted autumn crocus.


Crocuses can be grown both outdoors in gardens and indoors in containers. The corms of crocuses aren't toxic. It's still a good idea to keep them out of the way of children and pets, though. If pets eat the corms they may experience gastrointestinal upset
Grow your own saffron - saffron crocus bulbs. Grow your own saffron (the most expensive spice in the world), with this beautiful crocus. It produces large sterile, rich lilac flowers with distinctive purple veins in October and November.




Autumn crocus is a plant. The seed, bulb, and flower are used to make medicine. Despite serious safety concerns, autumn crocus is used for arthritis, gout, and an inherited disease called familial Mediterranean fever.
Saffron was also used as a nervine sedative, emmenogogue, in treatment of fever, melancholia and enlargement of the liver. It is also used as analgesic, diuretic, immune stimulant, interferon inducer, and for inhibiting the thrombin formation.











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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #54 on: October 28, 2018, 12:19:13 PM »


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Yucca - Cordyline 

What is the difference between a yucca and a Cordyline?

Yucca is a genus of perennial shrubs and trees in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae. Its 40–50 species are notable for their rosettes of evergreen, tough, sword-shaped leaves and large terminal panicles of white or whitish flowers. They are native to the hot and dry parts of the Americas and the Caribbean.

Cordyline is a genus of about 15 species of woody monocotyledonous flowering plants in family Asparagaceae, subfamily Lomandroideae. The subfamily has previously been treated as a separate family Laxmanniaceae, or Lomandraceae. Other authors have placed the genus in the Agavaceae.

The difference

The leaves and stems of Cordyline and Yucca do look very similar, hence gardeners tend to use yucca as an informal name for both. ... Flowers of the various species of Yucca are typically quite large and are adapted to pollination by a very specialised group of moths which lay their eggs within the flowers


See this Yucca near the bakery                                  Torbay Palm Cordyline australis
                     


Nontoxic (Safe, not poisonous) Both plants. Only poisonus to cats and dogs

While people may eat cooked parts of it, the plant is classified as toxic to dogs by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Ifyour dog nibbles on this tropical plant, he could experience vomiting, drooling, depression and a lack of appetite. The plant contains toxins called saponins which cause these mild poisoning symptoms. If your pooch has eaten any plants, get him to the vet, who can provide him with supportive care like intravenous fluids and medication to treat his symptoms until he fully recovers


Traditional/Ethnobotanical uses. For centuries, yucca plants have served American Indians for a variety of uses including fiber for rope, sandals and cloth; the roots have been used in soap. The Indians and early Californian settlers used the green pods for food.


The Māori used various parts of Cordyline australis to treat injuries and illnesses, either boiled up into a drink or pounded into a paste. The kōata, the growing tip of the plant, was eaten raw as a blood tonic or cleanser. Juice from the leaves was used for cuts, cracks and sores.
Also known as cassava, yucca is a dense, starchy food that's rich in carbohydrates. It's a good source of fiber, folate, vitamin C, and potassium. Yucca offers numerous health benefits, and is often used medicinally.
Yucca  is a medicinal plant native to Mexico. According to folk medicine, yucca extracts have anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory effects. The plant contains several physiologically active phytochemicals. It is a rich source of steroidal saponins, and is used commercially as a saponin source


please don't go munching through Arills countryside



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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #55 on: October 29, 2018, 08:42:03 AM »



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WILD GARLIC

Allium ursinum – known as ramsons, buckrams, wild garlic, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic, bear leek, or bear's garlic is a bulbous perennial flowering plant in the lily family Amaryllidaceae. It is a wild relative of onion, native to Europe and Asia, where it grows in moist woodland
A. ursinum is widespread across most of Europe. It grows in deciduous woodlands with moist soils, preferring slightly acidic conditions. In the British Isles, colonies are frequently associated with bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), especially in ancient woodland. It is considered to be an ancient woodland indicator species
 Allium ursinum or wild garlic. Wild garlic also known as ramsons or bear leek, is a wild relative of chives and is native to Zagori. The Latin name is due to the brown bear's taste for the bulbs and its habit of digging up the ground to get at them; they are also a favourite of wild boar


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wild garlic                                                                      garlic as we know it
       


POISONOUS NONE

Wild garlic can be raised from seed or, more easily, grown from bulbs. ... One word of warning, whether you are foraging wild garlic or growing it. While wild garlic is entirely edible, it can be growing in with leaves of plants that are quite poisonous, as most of the spring bulbs are

Health benefits of wild garlic. Garlic is widely known for its antibacterial, antibiotic and possibly antiviral properties, and contains vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and copper. Studies have also shown that it may help reduce blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease













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« Reply #56 on: October 29, 2018, 09:06:06 AM »


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Garlic

Allium sativum
Garlic is native to Central Asia and northeastern Iran, and has long been a common seasoning worldwide, with a history of several thousand years of human consumption and use. It was known to ancient Egyptians, and has been used both as a food flavoring and as a traditional medicine.China produces some 80% of the world supply of garlic.
Garlic is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and Chinese onion.





NONE POISONOUS
Garlic has been used safely in research for up to 7 years. When taken by mouth, garlic can cause bad breath, a burning sensation in the mouth or stomach, heartburn, gas, nausea, vomiting, body odor, and diarrhea. These side effects are often worse with raw garlic


It is used to flavor many foods, such as salad dressings, vinaigrettes, marinades, sauces, vegetables, meats, soups, and stews. It is often used to make garlic butter and garlic toast. Garlic powder can be substituted if necessary - 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder is equal to one medium fresh clove of common garlic.

Figs are excellent sources of amino acids that increase libido. They can also improve sexual stamina. While you don't want to be stinking of garlic during a passionate lip lock, garlic contains allicin, an ingredient that increases blood flow to the sexual organs
Garlic is used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system. These conditions include high blood pressure, low blood pressure, high cholesterol, inherited high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack, reduced blood flow due to narrowed arteries, and "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).
Garlic Is Highly Nutritious But Has Very Few Calories
 Garlic Can Combat Sickness, Including the Common Cold
Garlic Improves Cholesterol Levels, Which May Lower the Risk of Heart Disease
Garlic Contains Antioxidants That May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Athletic Performance Might Be Improved With Garlic Supplements
 Eating Garlic May Help Detoxify Heavy Metals in the Body
Garlic May Improve Bone Health












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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #57 on: October 29, 2018, 04:48:01 PM »


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Cirsium

Thistle is the common name Cirsium is a genus of perennial and biennial flowering plants in the Asteraceae, one of several genera known commonly as thistles.
Thistles are known for their effusive flower heads, usually purple, rose or pink, also yellow or white.  (Cirsium arvense) is a troublesome weed in agricultural areas of North America, and more than 10 species of sow thistle (Sonchus) are widespread throughout Europe.  there are about 200 species of thistle found worldwide--in North America, Asia, Europe and northern Africa. Thistles bear spiny leaves and distinctive upright flowers. You can find many species of thistle in North America.





NON POISONOUS

Will donkeys eat thistles?
 goats or donkeys will take care of them, especially the biannual bull thistles.donkeys love to eat thistle buds.



Milk thistle is the prickly one depicted in the photos above. It may look dangerous but it is not poisonous, and, in fact, has an edible stem
The German government endorses the use of milk thistle as a supportive treatment for inflammatory liver conditions such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, and fatty infiltration caused by alcohol or other toxins. It also recognizes that silymarin possesses the ability to help prevent liver damage if taken before toxin exposure.
Milk thistle is sometimes used as a natural treatment for liver problems. These liver problems include cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatitis, and gallbladder disorders.










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« Reply #58 on: October 30, 2018, 08:47:54 AM »


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Xylella

Xylella (Xylella fastidiosa) Xylella fastidiosa is a bacterium which causes disease in a wide range of woody commercial plants such as grapevine, citrus and olive plants, several species of broadleaf trees widely grown in the UK, and many herbaceous plants
One can only imagine what a disaster an outburst of Xylella fastidiosa in the area would mean. ... Italy was the first major olive oil-making country in Europe hit by Xylella in the region of Puglia in 2013 and later in other areas where olive trees are being felled and burned in an attempt to contain the bacterium.
Greece remains unaffected by the disease and recently, the deputy minister of Rural Development and Food, Vassilis Kokkalis, assessed the case of pathogenic agents in plants and Xylella fastidiosa particularly. ... But apart from Greece, Xylella fastidiosa is a top priority for the European Union as a whole.

Xylella fastidiosa treatment yet to find a cure

The EU is trying this BUT doing millions of Olive trees will come at a big cost



















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« Reply #59 on: October 30, 2018, 09:20:48 AM »

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Have you ever wondered why is there different size leaves
A leaf could be a different shape because a leaf must get sunlight and carbon dioxide for photosynthesis. ... The way a leaf gets food, water and energy from the environment impacts the final shape of the leaf. Smaller trees have rounder flat edges while taller plants have narrower leaves.
Its main functions are photosynthesis and gas exchange. A leaf is often flat, so it absorbs the most light,  so that the sunlight can get to the chloroplasts in the cells. Most leaves have stomata, which open and close. They regulate carbon dioxide, oxygen, and water vapour exchange with the atmosphere

broadleaf
The plant needs more sunlight like in the rainforest

Thin leaves
The plant dose not need much sunlight like in the Desert


                                                                                                                   

A yucca thin Leaf
 

 
                                                                                                                     
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