Systematic classification and distribution Class: Birds Order: Accipitriforme Family: Accipitridae Genus: Circus Species: C. pygargus L., 17580 Lesser albanella is a bird of prey, which occupies a fairly large range, European, African, Asian. In Italy it nests in late spring in various regions of central and northern Italy, but colonies also exist in Sardinia and Salento; its habitats are hilly areas, but with open spaces such as cultivated lands or pastures.
Elephant ears (Colocasia esculenta) are tropical bulbs that require winter protection in areas that experience freezing temperatures. You may simply dig the plant, bulb and all, and pot it as a large houseplant to bring indoors for the winter. The other methods allow the bulbs to go dormant for storage.
Rare breed, rare appearance due to spontaneous mutation. The Skinny mutation was obtained from several laboratories in Canada. The Charles River laboratory in Canada introduced the Skinny in 1982. They were a spontaneous natural mutation discovered in a colony in 1978. Charles Rivers acquired them in 1982 and then were later sold to various guinea pig breeders.
LianeM/iStock/Getty ImagesNature features thousands upon thousands of different flower species. Many flowers in nature not only contribute to the aesthetic of a landscape, but have additional uses in nature. These uses can include serving as a food source for humans and other animals, repelling or attracting insects or possessing medicinal properties.
Bonzai Tree image by TekinT from Fotolia.comIn Zen Buddhism where the practice originated, the art form of bonsai creation wove themes of man, nature, elements and change into a form of meditation and expression. While bonsai is not necessarily considered with such reflection in today, it is still a horticultural wonder that links us closer to harmony, nature and imparts beauty to our homes and gardens.
Dragon fruit image by Peter Baxter from Fotolia.comDragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus), also known as pitaya and pithaya, is an exotic fruit that is a member of the cactus family. Grown in the tropical and sub-tropical climates of the U.S., Central and South America, and Southeast Asia, the dragon fruit is increasingly exported throughout the world, according to the University of Oregon College of Health and Human Sciences.