botany

Botany

My Little Stinky: Corpse Flower Cousin on Display at the Cockrell Butterfly Center
April 23, 2016 · Be The First To Comment

Meet Lois’s baby cousin, Amorphophallus paeoniifolius. It may not be as large or as smelly as the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) that bloomed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in 2010, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome! It’s blooming in the Cockrell Butterfly Center right now, and by the end of the weekend, it should be […]

Ants in your Plants: Mutualism benefits both myrmecophyte and insect
May 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

What is an “ant plant”? Because we are striving to portray a “real” tropical rainforest, we have several and plants at the Cockrell Butterfly Center, but what makes them so special? Technically called myrmecophytes (from the Greek myrmeco – “ant”, and phyte – “plant”), these plants have a very special relationship with ants, one that […]

Behind the Scenes: HMNS Greenhouses [12 Days of HMNS]
December 21, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

Today is the Eighth Day of HMNS! In the spirit of the classic holiday carol, we’re taking 12 days to feature 12 different videos that preview or go behind-the-scenes of a holiday museum activity, here on the blog (or, you can get a sneak peek at all the videos on 12days.hmns.org – we won’t tell). […]

Science Doesn’t Sleep (8.27.08)
August 27, 2008 · Be The First To Comment

photo credit: 416style So here’s what went down after you logged off. There’s a reason that cowboys don’t make good anthropologists – and it has to do with Hobbits. It’s aliiiiiiive! A green roof can reduce your heating bills and protect your waterproofing – plus, it’s pretty! Check out a how-to here. Some ancient documents […]



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