Botany Blog – Issue #1

Botany Blog

10/07/2016, Blog Issue #1, Written and Edited by Angelina Triana.

VENUS FLYTRAPS: The Carnivorous Wonder

Have you ever heard of the Venus Flytrap, one of the most famous meat-eating (well, insect eating) plants? Here we will explain the function of these insectivorous wonders!

How Do They Work?

So how exactly do these mysterious plants work? Well, Venus Flytraps gather nutrients from gases in the air and nutrients in the soil. However, they live in poor soil and are healthier if they get nutrients from insects. On Venus Flytraps are short and stiff hairs. These hairs, when touched, snap close the leaves on the plant, trapping whatever is inside. However, the trap doesn’t close all the way at first. This may be because it wants to let tiny insects out. Why? Because small insects don’t provide enough nutrients. It’s lobes have small glands filled with digestive juices that help break apart the insect, which cannot escape due to the blocking cilia, or hairs. People still do not understand completely how the trap closes. The Venus Flytrap does not have a nervous system or any muscles or tendons. Carnivorous plants may live all over the world but the Venus Flytrap is native to select boggy areas in North and South Carolina. They live in poor soil and are healthier if they get nutrients from insects.

What does the anatomy of a Venus Fly Trap look like?

Here is a diagram explaining the anatomy of the Venus Fly Trap.

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Screen Shot 2016-10-11 at 11.25.54 AM.png INTERVIEW COLUMN: Kim, a Seedfolk

Angelina: Hello, Kim, you have reportedly grown beans a couple of years ago?

Kim: Yes. I think of it as a connection to my deceased father.

Angelina: How are your beans doing?

Kim: They have been doing quite well. I feed my family with them. I sometimes sell them as well.

Angelina: What do you think your father would say, if still with us?

Kim: I cannot say for sure, but I hope he’d be proud of me, for taking care of my family and being a good daughter.

Angelina: How often do you take care of your beans?

Kim: Sometimes I’ll forget, but I take care of them every other day.

Angelina: Are all of your plants successes?

Kim: I’ve tried to grow some flowers before, but I didn’t take good care of them because soon they wilted. So I just focus on my beans, which always thrive.

Angelina: Who taught you how to plant so well?

Kim: Mostly myself, but of course I got the urge to do it from my father.

Angelina: Apparently you’re super famous around town for your beans. What are your thoughts on that?

Kim: I shouldn’t be famous, because anyone can make things if they try and put their heart into it.

Angelina: Apparently you put a lot of heart into your garden work. Do you think so?    

Kim: I hope so.

Angelina: Thank you, Kim, that’s all. Good luck with your beans.

Kim: Thank you, goodbye.

 

IRON HORSE MIDDLE SCHOOL SEVENTH GRADE GARDEN –

From Trashed to Terrific!
By Angelina Triana

The Iron Horse Middle School 7th grade garden got filled with garbage over the summer– and it has  to be cleaned up!

Who? What? When? Where? Why?

    • Who’s cleaning it? Ms. Serzen-Dayton’s seventh grade science class is going to work their best on making this garden respectable and immaculate.
    • What is the seventh-grade garden? The seventh grade garden is a garden that, once-beautiful, has been trashed and neglected over the long summer.
  • When will the cleaning take place? Over the course of the first semester, we will be cleaning up this garden. We start on October 7th.
  • Where is this garden located? The garden can be found by Ms. Serzen-Dayton’s classroom at Iron Horse Middle School, gated by a teal fence.
  • Why is it so important that we clean it? Cleaning this garden is one step to freeing the world of trash, and the garbage and weeds in the garden are all not good for the environment.

BEFORE (Sept. 30)

The garden is filled with cardboard, garbage, and even toilet seats.There are plenty of weeds and the garden is begging for cleanliness. The plants are tumbling over from how tall they are.

There are 7 newspapers scattered, the tallest weed is about 5 foot 4, and the shortest is 1 foot. The rest of the weeds are an average of around 3-4 feet.

NOW (Oct. 11)
The weeds have been removed and the trash has been emptied, leaving only a couple of green plants behind, but still much tidier and nicer than the past. It is noticeable empty, however, and I hope we get to grow more plants.


FUTURE (May Prediction)

I predict that by May, we will have grown many beautiful plants replacing the empty spots and the weeds that were there once before. We will water them everyday and they may grow taller than the fence, and we can get bragging rights for how well we took care of the seventh grade garden.

 

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Gardening Giggles

Enter your jokes and we will put them in this column!


“I am going to garden today; I’ll plant myself on the couch!!”

“Why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.”

“What did the carrot say to the wheat? ‘Lettuce rest, I’m feeling beet.’”

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This newspaper was brought to you by…

Writer/Editor: Angelina Triana

Botanical Society. “The Mysterious Venus Flytrap.” The Mysterious Venus Flytrap. Botanical Society, 15 May 2014. Web. 05 Oct. 2016. This source contains almost all of the information I put into this article. It was very informative. It was written by a professional botanist, so I could trust it was also helpful because it divided everything so that I didn’t confused. It contained organized paragraphs. It also included the date it was published so I could make the bibliography easier.

Coolidge-Stoltz, Elizabeth. Focus on California Life Science. Boston, MA: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008. Print. Focus On Science.

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