Plants play such an important role in our lives … those early roamers worked out which plants were edible … probably by watching the animals and birds forage them.
|Flora Plant Diversity|
… from 290 million years ago when plants first produced seed, having customised themselves to the titanic forces that had created earth in the 4.25 billennia of years before.
|World Map with Temperate zones highlighted in green|
As the continental plates gloopily moved, jerked, or exploded into the positions we find our continents in today - about 65 million years ago … we know some of this through the plant species left on various lands, which are unique today.
|Flora Fern in Devonian geologic period (420 to|
360 million years ago) found in disturbed volcanic land
Plants and animals set us on our way … gave us some route maps to follow … and if we couldn’t follow the wind, we eventually went by sea – homo sapiens copying the flora and fauna …
|Plant Evolution Timeline|
About 12,000 years ago after the last ice age retreated homo-sapiens started to settle for periods … and over the millennia became more domesticated tending to crops, as well as taming animals … leading to the farming we know today.
Aristotle divided all living things between plants (which generally do not move) and animals (which are often mobile to catch their food).
In Linnaeus’ system, these became the Kingdoms Vegetabilia and Animalia … since then we have become more knowledgeable …
|Bee covered in pollen|
Ralph Waldo Emerson understood that “ … a weed is a plant whose virtues have not been discovered” … or as we became modern farmers/ gardeners a plant that simply wants to grow where people want something else: such is life!
|Flora Abunda Blue Egyptian Lily -|
from the Temple of Flora 1807
In blaming nature, people mistake the culprit?! Weeds are people’s idea, not nature’s. Bees love weeds … they provide a variety of nectars … similar to our need to have a balanced diet – bees cannot live productively on one plant source – nor could we.
We need plants more and we need to appreciate them more … they are our lungs, they feed us, we do not stress so much if they are in abundance – we have food, and we can find solace in their world – they let us have some peaceful co-existence with them.
|Flora Abunda Tulips -|
from The Temple of Flora 1807
Those long walks … wherever we go – plants, the kingdom Plantae, are with us … they can survive living happily in deserts, jungles, sea-shores, disaster areas – plants return first – before humans in due time settle or re-settle.
Their colours inspire us, their scent entices us, their form give us ideas for design … while each part gives something … perhaps a herb or a medicine, a seed for a bird, a mulch for a new seedling … a new concept …
|The book: Remarkable Plants That|
Shape Our World
The post was inspired by an article in The Lady I found in a waiting room … which advertised a new book: Remarkable Plants That Shape OurWorld, by Helen and William Bynum.
I also found an article from September 2014 in the Guardian – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari – review … the article is worth a read or scan …
Happy St Patrick's Day ... and may we all live a carefree life of ease, comfort and prosperity ... as denoted by living in clover.
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