Plants

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Plants are living organisms belonging to the kingdom Plantae. Precise definitions of the kingdom vary, but as the term is used here, plants include familiar organisms such as trees, flowers, herbs, bushes, grasses, vines, ferns, mosses, and green algae. The group is also called green plants or Viridiplantae in Latin. They generally obtain most of their energy from sunlight via photosynthesis using chlorophyll contained in chloroplasts, which gives them their green color.

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  • A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.
  • Those tall flowering-reeds which stand,
    In Arno like a sheaf of sceptres, left
    By some remote dynasty of dead gods.
    • Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh (1856), Book VII, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 660.
  • The shad-bush, white with flowers,
    Brightened the glens; the new leaved butternut
    And quivering poplar to the roving breeze
    Gave a balsamic fragrance.
    • William Cullen Bryant, The Old Man's Counsel, line 28; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 812.
  • The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
  • I think that I shall never see/ A poem lovely as a tree.
  • The gadding vine.
  • There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords.
    • John Muir, A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916).
  • A Sensitive Plant in a garden grew,
    And the young winds fed it with silver dew,
    And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light,
    And clothed them beneath the kisses of night.
  • For the Sensitive Plant has no bright flower;
    Radiance and odour are not its dower;
    It loves, even like Love, its deep heart is full,
    It desires what it has not, the beautiful.
  • Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
  • Some to the holly hedge
    Nestling repair; and to the thicket some;
    Some to the rude protection of the thorn.
  • Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?
  • To me the meanest flower that blows can give/ Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
    • William Wordsworth, Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood (1803).

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