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Welcome to the “Plants worldwide” blog page!

My idea with this blog page is to show exciting examples of how beautiful and special plants are, and sometimes how humans use and benefit from them. Follow this blog page to be inspired by plants through the texts, photos and videos. In addition to writing blog texts myself, I invite friends and colleagues to use this blog page to tell everyone about their favourite plants, and explain what it is that makes these plants so special to them. Unlike many other bloggers, I do not earn any money with the blog.

If you like my blog, please share it among your friends and colleagues.

Last but not least, I would like to encourage you to visit this webpage (in German and English) of Hubert Salzburger, who lives in Tyrol (Austria) and who is equally passionate about plants AND who takes stunning photographs.  Every month, Hubert publishes a plant portrait, and he also keeps a diary with anything else that attracts his botanical attention.


Often, like many other things, plants come into fashion and go out of fashion again. And sometimes, such fashion trends cover many years, centuries even. A good example for such an into fashion/out of fashion plant species is Alexanders, Smyrnium olusatrum L. in the Apiaceae (celery or parsley) family. If you happen to live anywhere…

Blue latex

Have you heard of “hyperaccumulators”? Hyperacculumators are plant species that have evolved the capacity to take up and accumulate large amounts of heavy metals, such as Zinc (Zn), Manganese (Mn), or Nickel (Ni), from the soil. Many heavy metals are essential for plants to grow and remain healthy, but they are required in only very…

Homer’s Moly

I am sure most of you are familiar with Homer’s Odyssey, written in the 8th or 7th century BC. In the 10th book, Odysseus reaches the mythical island of Aeaea (possibly located in central Italy), where the witch-goddess Circe lives. As it is her custom, Circe welcomes the men, sent out by Odysseus to explore…

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