18 interesting scientific facts about plants that will blow your mind

Regarded as the backbone of the Earth, plants are much more than just providing oxygen, foods and medicines.

All we know about plants is that they keep us alive by absorbing carbon dioxide and providing oxygen. But there’s a lot more about plants than you could ever imagine. Plants, one of the most important living organisms on Earth, appear in various forms such as trees, grasses, flowers, mosses, food crops, bushes and a lot more. Here, we have gathered some amazing scientific facts about plants that will blow your mind.

  1. More than 85% of the total plant life is found in the oceans.
  2. Half of the world’s total oxygen supply is produced from the Amazon rainforest.
  3. Can you imagine how many identified plant species are there in the world? Well, the number is 300,000 and it’s still growing.
  4. Have you ever wondered why do apples float on water? It’s because there’s 25% air in an apple.
  5. If you eat apple, onion and potato with your nose closed, they all would taste same.
  6. Around 70000 plant species are being used to make medicines.
  7. Onion is a natural sedative and this is why we feel sleepy after eating lots of onions.
  8. You can calculate a tree’s age by studying its rings. The science is called Dendrochronology.
  9. Have you ever wondered why it causes tears when you cut onions? It’s because of the sulfuric acid present in them.
  10. An average bamboo plant grows 35 inches in a single day.
  11. Photosynthesis is the process through which plants make their food. They take energy from the sunlight and convert water, minerals and carbon dioxide into food.
  12. The plant leaves contain a chemical called chlorophyll which gives them their green colour.
  13. Strawberry is the only fruit that have their seeds on the outside. There are around 200 seeds in a strawberry.
  14. The oak trees can produce acorns only after they become 50 years old.
  15. Many people have this confusion whether cucumber is a fruit or a vegetable. Well, cucumber is a fruit as it contains seeds.
  16. More than 90% of the foods we consume come from 30 plants.
  17. All the nutrients of a potato live in its skin. This is why the specialists suggest to leave the skin while cooking potatoes.
  18. Eating bananas makes you happy. This is because they contain a type of protein called tryptophan which converts into serotonin and results in making you feel relaxed and happy.

So, which fact amazed you the most?

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