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Bizarre Fact #21:
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The fragrance of flowers is due to the essences of oil which they produce.

Bizarre Fact #22:
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The giant puffball, lycoperdon giganteum, produces 7,000,000,000,000 spores, each of which could grow into a puffball a foot in diameter and collectively cover an area of 280,000 square mile, greater than the size of Texas. Fortunately, only one of the spores actually becomes a puffball, and all the others die.

Bizarre Fact #23:
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The giant sequoia, which produces millions of seeds, can take 175 to 200 years to flower. No other organism takes this long to mature sexually.

Bizarre Fact #24:
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The leaves of the Victorian water lily are sometimes over six feet in diameter.

Bizarre Fact #25:
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The Mexican Jumping Bean is not a bean. It is actually a thin-shelled section of a seed capsule containing the larva of a small gray moth called the jumping bean moth (Laspeyresia saltitans).

Bizarre Fact #26:
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The partridge berry is a botanical Siamese twin. Each berry develops from 2 flowers.

Bizarre Fact #27:
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The primary purpose of growing rice in flooded paddies is to drown the weeds surrounding the young seedlings. Rice can, in fact, be grown in drained areas.

Bizarre Fact #28:
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The Saguaro Cactus, found in the Southwestern United States doesn't grow branches until it is 75 years old.

Bizarre Fact #29:
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The shape of plant collenchyma cells and the shape of the bubbles in beer foam are the same - they are orthotetrachidecahedrons.

Bizarre Fact #30:
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The Siberian larch accounts for more than 20% of all the worlds trees.


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