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Fascination of Plants Day 2013

IITA–Forest Project held events to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day at the IITA International School on 17 May and at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) on 20 May. This global event takes place annually under the auspices of the European Plant Science Organization (EPSO), and aims to encourage more interest in plants and a wider appreciation of their importance in our lives. Deni Bown, Project Manager, under the pseudonym Dr Forest, gave a presentation with the title “Plants R Us”. She entertained staff, students, and visitors with fascinating facts about plants and brought along some amazing things made from plants, such an Amazon blowgun and the boot-shaped nest of a well-known West African bird, called a malimbe.

 
PLANT OF THE MONTH

African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon)

The African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon), known as arere in Yoruba and obeche in Bini, is a large fast-growing tree, reaching 65 m (213 ft), usually with a straight trunk and buttresses up to about 8 m (26 ft) high. It belongs to the family Sterculiaceae and is common in semi-deciduous rainforests from Sierra Leone to Gabon and Congo, including secondary forests where it may fill gaps as a pioneer species.

 
 PLANTS OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE
 
 
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