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Plants: a quiz

Plants came first – long before animals – and they can be found just about anywhere on Planet Earth, although there are a few exceptions. Without plants there would be no animals, and therefore no humans. The variety of plant life is amazing, in so many respects, and there is so much to learn about them.  How much do you know? This quiz may just scratch the surface of your knowledge!

  • Question of

    What type of plant is a lady`s slipper?

    • Daisy
    • Orchid
    • Cactus
    • Tulip
  • Question of

    How do procumbent plants grow?

    • They are supported by other plants
    • They grow in water
    • They spread along the ground
    • They grow in marshy areas
  • Question of

    Saxifrage grows in cracks in rocks, but what does the name mean?

    • Stone breaker
    • Stone coloured
    • Without roots
    • Always in flower
  • Question of

    Where does edelweiss grow naturally?

    • In water meadows
    • On low hills
    • At high altitudes
    • Beside rivers
  • Question of

    In which country did the leek originate?

    • Wales
    • Norway
    • Belgium
    • Switzerland
  • Question of

    Which common flower has a musical connection with a tandem bicycle?

    • Daffodil
    • Crocus
    • Daisy
    • Dandelion
  • Question of

    In what conditions do thermophilous plants thrive?

    • Warm and sunny
    • Cool and dry
    • Generally damp
    • Shady
  • Question of

    Where does bracket fungus grow?

    • On the ground
    • On tree trunks
    • On stone walls
    • In caves
  • Question of

    Atropa belladona is a poisonous plant known better as what?

    • Deadly nightshade
    • Wolf’s bane
    • Laburnum
    • Hemlock
  • Question of

    What would you expect to find in ripe pods of pisum stativum?

    • Broad beans
    • French beans
    • Lentils
    • Peas

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  1. 9/10 That was fun. It took my caffeine-deprived mind a few seconds to figure out the musical tandem question! About leek and Switzerland, I think not. Even the one Google Books hit I found speaks of wild leeks found in the Eastern Mediterranean, and admits that depictions of leeks are found in ancient Egyptian tombs. It then goes on to tell us that the leek has been known in Northern Europe since [only] the sixteenth century – go figure!
    https://books.google.ie/books?id=H7i8QJw8BJsC&pg=PA316&lpg=PA316&dq=leek+origin+switzerland&source=bl&ots=IjaJ1poKSz&sig=bSiNnbo-liDqVpr7vo3oVVIK_7E

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    • Norman, this is tricky because you come back to definitions. What – in a quiz question – would you expect to be intended by a mention of a plant – its wild ancestor or the cultivar that most resembles what you would grow in your garden or buy at the supermarket? Even your source allows for cultivated leeks to have originated in Switzerland!

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