High Levels of Anthocyanins Give Black Dahlias Their Color


There are more than 20,000 varieties of dahlias, including white, yellow, deep reds, and magenta-colored flowers. The rarer black dahlias are especially alluring to horticulturists. A new study explores the reason for its intriguing color.

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Human Obsession with Orchids Goes as Far Back as Roman Times

The Ara Pacis, an altar erected in Rome by the emperor Augustus in 9 B.C.E., includes one of the earliest documented depictions of an orchid (inset) in Western art. Credit: Bernd Haynold/Wikimedia Commons.

A careful study of ancient artifacts in Italy has pushed back the earliest documented appearance of orchids from the Renaissance to Roman times. The orchid’s popularity in public art seemed to decrease with the advent of Christianity, perhaps because of its associations with sexuality.

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2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition

We took the kids to the Taipei International Flora Expo. I knew that it was big, but it’s difficult to realize before you actually walk through it. The waiting lines were long and the tickets for some shows/pavilions were all sold out. Instead, we walked around and saw many different flowers. I don’t really take many photos of flowers and I don’t know many of these flowers, but they were all beautiful in their own way.

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