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Bamboo. is the world's tallest grass, which sometimes grows to 130 feet or more. (Try getting you Weed Eater to cut that)

A tree's roots go out the same distance as it's branches and vice versa. You can tell how far the roots go by taking the longest branch of the tree and that is the longest the root underground will be.

The oldest fossils found so far are life forms called cyanobacteria that lived more than 3.5 billion years ago. Many species still survive today. These simple, light-loving cells are sometimes known as blue-green algae, although they are actually photosynthetic bacteria.

Cyanobacteria were the first photosynthetic organisms on the planet and they were the source of the Earth's oxygen atmosphere. By absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, ancient cyanobacteria set the stage for the emergence of all the other forms that require oxygen to survive.

Today, cyanobacteria survive in aquatic environments everywhere and also in a very special place: inside the cells of every green plant. Each chloroplast is actually a cyanobacterium living in partnership with its plant host. Some cyanobacteria also live as one half of the partnerships known as lichens

Bananas do not grow on trees.

Did you ever see a money tree? Well you have as much chance of seeing a banana tree, or a monkey reading the Wall Street Journal. (Scratch that: I actually did see a simian speculating in Internet stocks two days ago.)

Bananas grow out of a trunkless plant an herb, to be exact. The fruit comes out of the stem of the plant, appearing first as flowers. They grow in bunches on the plant and are picked when green so that they will be ripe by the time they reach your cereal bowl.

Banana plants are transplanted by taking a piece of the plant's underground stem and replanting it. These pieces are called "suckers." Which brings us back to those monkeys on Wall Street . . . 

More than 60 varieties of plants contain caffeine. Technically, this lively substance is known as 
1,3,7- trimethylxanthine. A cup of coffee, on the average, contains twice the caffeine found in a cup of tea.

Rubber, derived from the gum of a tree, has existed since prehistoric times. For example, fossils of rubber-producing plants date back almost 3,000,000 years. Crude rubber balls, discovered in ruins of ancient Incan and Mayan civilizations in Central and in South America, are, at very least, 900 years old. Natives of Southeastern Asia used rubber, prepared from the "juice" of trees to waterproof their baskets and jars. Even Columbus, on his second voyage to the New World, observed Haitian natives playing with balls made from "the gum of a tree."

In one day, a full-grown oak tree expels 7 tons of water through its leaves.

Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.

The peach is a member of the rose family and will have a sweet fragrance when ripe.

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