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Plant Biographies - Quiz

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What have hemp (Cannabis), pineapple (Ananas) and cotton (Gossypium) got in common?

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What kind of plant do bananas (Musa acuminata) grow on?

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What do the English call the Scottish harebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)?

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Why was the lens in a camera or magnifying instrument so-called?

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What plant’s leaf structure is said to have been the inspiration for the radiating framework of the Crystal Palace which housed the Great Exhibition of 1851?

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What wood is traditionally used for making cricket bats?

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What popular schoolboy ammunition did Sir Walter Raleigh introduce to Europe?

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What do Americans call the English marsh marigold or kingcup?

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What connects ‘tulip mania’ of the 1630s with bourse (the French name for ‘Stock Exchange’)?

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What is the American Hoosier Poet (James Whitcomb Riley) describing with the words

And sich pop-paws! – Lumps o’ raw
Gold and green, – jes’oozy th’ough
With ripe yaller – like you’ve saw
Custard-pie with no crust to

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What is the official national floral emblem of Australia?

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What plants are referred to in the name of the beverage Coca Cola?

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What plant is said to be responsible for the establishment of the Ethiopian Airlines?

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What was the fruit juice European sailors depended upon for over 100 years, during the age of sail, to reduce the risk of contracting scurvy?
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What is the Western European sweetmeat, marron glacé made of?

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When sugar (Saccharum officinarum) became recognised as a worldwide commodity in the 18th and 19th Centuries what economic role did it fulfil?

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From which plant can morphine, laudanum and codeine be extracted?

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What plant is common to the discovery/invention of cellulose nitrate, celluloid, artificial silk, viscose – and paper?

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In 1947 the Norwegian anthropologist, Thor Heyerdahl built his raft Kon-Tiki from nine trees and sailed it from Peru to the Tuamato Islands. What was the tree?

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When, roughly, is the art of silk-making believed to have been discovered in China?

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