Botany Lesson

POST CARDS FROM THE MUSE

Botany Lesson

By Nandy Ekle

I dug a hole in the dirt and dropped my little seed in, covered it up and walked away from it. Then the bad weather hit and I completely forgot about what I had just planted. I didn’t water it or check on it at all.

One day, after the storm ended, I walked down the pathway and suddenly remembered the seed. As I walked by the spot where I had buried it, I got a surprise. A stem poked up out of the ground with a couple of leaves. I knew from my biology classes in high school that under the dirt was an intricate network of roots. And these roots, while very necessary to the story, would never be seen by the above ground world.

The roots are important to a plant because they give it nutrition. They absorb minerals and water from the ground. They also give the plant balance and structure. Another thing roots do is give the plant depth. However, the roots are not beautiful. They are never meant to be seen.

The stem of the plant is fiber that conducts the nutrients to the rest of the plant. It also gives structure and height. The leaves are the main kitchens. This is where the outside elements come together to feed the body and roots. Photosynthesis takes place in the leaves and sends the nutrients to the rest of the plant.

And then there’s the flower. The purpose of the flower is procreation. This is beauty and fragrance that lures in the pollinator. Once the bee finishes its job, a new seed for a new plant is created.

Now. Did you see the story up there?

Congratulations. You have just received a post card from the muse.

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