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The leaf is usually the primary site of photosynthesis in plants.

Plants are the eukaryotes that form the kingdom Plantae; they are predominantly photosynthetic. This means that they obtain their energy from sunlight, using chloroplasts derived from endosymbiosis with cyanobacteria to produce sugars from carbon dioxide and water, using the green pigment chlorophyll. Exceptions are parasitic plants that have lost the genes for chlorophyll and photosynthesis, and obtain their energy from other plants or fungi.

There are about 380,000 known species of plants, of which the majority, some 260,000, produce seeds. They range in size from single cells to the tallest trees. Green plants provide a substantial proportion of the world's molecular oxygen; the sugars they create supply the energy for most of Earth's ecosystems and other organisms, including animals, either consume plants directly or rely on organisms which do so. (Full article...)

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Broccoli, a plant of the Cabbage family, Brassicaceae, is a cool-weather crop eaten boiled, steamed, or raw. The Roman natural history writer, Pliny the Elder, wrote about a vegetable which might have been broccoli and some recognize broccoli in the cookbook of Apicius, but its history is unclear. Broccoli was certainly an Italian vegetable long before it was eaten elsewhere.

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  • ... that the Kīlauea lava cricket disappears from a lava field as soon as any plants start to grow there?
  • ... that plant biology professor Luca Comai independently developed glyphosate-resistant plants while working at Calgene and published his research before Monsanto researchers were able to?
  • ... that one of Ukraine's largest power plants was mostly destroyed by Russians in March 2024?
  • ... that non-microscopic life forms such as plants associate with microbiomes of microscopic organisms which determine their health and productivity?
  • ... that residents at Alterlaa, a housing complex in Vienna, have large concrete planters in which plants can be grown?
  • ... that ochrophyte algae have twice as many membranes around their chloroplasts as plants?
  • ... that popular garden plants like malfurada often escape from cultivation and become invasive?
  • ... that while most lichens that grow on plants live on the surface, the sole species in Amazonotrema grows partially among the cells of the tree bark on which it lives?

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  1. Describe all families, genera and species of the kingdom Plantae.
  2. For species, describe botanical properties, distribution, multiplication, usage (medicine, food, etc.), botanical history, cultivation information.
  3. Develop and implement a robust method of naming plant article for the ease of navigation and searching for Wikipedia users.
  4. Maintain Category:Plants and its subcategories.

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