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Why cheese plants are full of holes

Swiss cheese plants' iconic leaves help them to avoid stress, according to a US scientist. Their familiar hole-riddled leaves allow the plants to capture sunlight more regularly, his research suggests. The counterintuitive idea explains how such plants can survive in shady rainforests. Commonly grown as house plants, they are found in the wild from southern Mexico to Colombia.

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Bromeliad :: I have one of these and I never knew what it was. Too funny. Loved learning a bit about the history in this short video: www.youtube.com/... {Photo by Sheila in Moonducks, via Flickr} Do you have a green thumb? Someone told me it would come upon having children... that just hasn't happened. :-)

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I'm trying to get my backyard to look like this...living in the Pacific Northwest it's not easy to do.....but.....it can be done!

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PLANT LIFE focus on indoor plants – as opposed to the tropical foliage of seasons past / Follows the hip horticultural trend / Hole-riddled leaves of the Swiss cheese plant particularly popular / Intertwine type with foliage / Letters often hide in the bushes or behind leaves / Plants also plucked into individual parts to create fragmented prints

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Mother Nature's way of feeding her forests. Mushrooms, moss and and old log work so well together. Amazon rainforest ~ Cup fungus on log, Manu National Park, Peru

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