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What is atropine?

Atropine: Nature’s Powerful Aid in Critical Care

Atropine is a tropane alkaloid that naturally occurs in plants of the nightshade family (Solanaceae). Members of this family include deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna), henbane (Hyoscyamus niger), Angel’s trumpet (Brugmansia spp.) and Jimson weed (Datura stramonium). Atropine acts as an anticholinergic agent, blocking the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the central and peripheral nervous …

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Pellucid spots

What Are Pellucid Dots?

Also known as ‘translucent’ or ‘oil glands‘, pellucid dots are specialised glandular cavities that can be seen on the leaves, peels and fruit of certain plants, in particular the Rutaceae (citrus) family. They are visible as small translucent spots or lines on the leaves. Pellucid dots can be difficult to see with the naked eye, …

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Plants that are surprisingly related

Plants That Are Surprisingly Related

Plant classification involves the identification and categorisation of plants based on their physical and genetic characteristics. This system of classification, known as taxonomy, consists of several hierarchical categories or ranks, including Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species. The plant family is a higher taxonomic rank than species. A family is a group of …

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All about Calamondin

Calamondin: The Versatile Citrus

What is calamondin?   Ι   Appearance  Ι   What does calamondin taste like?   Ι  Nutritional information   Ι  Uses   Ι   How to harvest and store calamondin  Ι   How to grow calamondin   Ι  Where to buy calamondin   Ι  What’s the difference between calamondin and kumquat?  Ι   Recipes What is calamondin? Calamondin (Citrus × microcarpa), also commonly …

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What is psilocybin?

Exploring Psilocybin: The Mystical Molecule of Mushrooms

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by certain species of mushrooms. It has psychoactive properties, which means it can cause changes in perception, mood, and cognitive processes when consumed. The effects of psilocybin can vary but may include euphoria, altered thinking processes, paranoia, dizziness, dilated pupils, closed and open-eye visuals, synesthesia, an altered …

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What is a raceme?

Racemes Explained: Master the Art of Flower ID

Overview     Difference between a raceme and an inflorescence     Why is it important to understand racemes?     Basics of plant morphology     What is a raceme?     Examples of racemes     Variations within racemes across different species     Other types of inflorescences     The role of racemes in plant reproduction     Conclusion Overview A raceme is a type of flower inflorescence with a …

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