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Mozambique, Other
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Cairo, Egypt
Non-native Centaurium spicatum, family gentianceae
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Manama, Bahrain
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Cordoba, Argentina
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RAANANA-ISRAEL, Other
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Irbid, Other
Growing conditions for non-native Thlaspi caerulescens
I want to know what is the best condition for growing Thlaspi caerulescens and what is its life span. Thanks
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Arabian Gulf,
Epiphytic or halophytic trees and shrubs
Hello I was searching on this issue, but couldn't find what I really want, and I would be great full for your assistance. Please could you help me to find the scientific name for the "Trees" or...
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Pune, India, Other
Contacts with botanical illustrators
I am interested in preparing 3D (stereoscopic) illustrations of plants and flowers. Can you give some contacts with botanical illustrators for guidance? Are there any guidelines about botanical illust...
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Chennai, India
Use of North American native in India
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Italy, TX
Transplanting native bluebells in Texas
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Hyderabad, India
Obtaining bark of Larix laricina from Hyderabad India
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Kozya Stena, Bulgaria , Other
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Jodhpur, India
Tree with taproot for Jodhpur India
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Nagpur, India
Effects of greywater on plants and soil
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Milan-Italy, Other
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Bordeaux,, France
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Lépaud, France
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Lépaud, France
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Vienna, Austria
Is western soapberry (Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii) dioecious?
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