Philodendron Jungle Boogie (aka Tiger Tooth): Origin, Facts & Care

The origins of the Philodendron, a popular and diverse genus of tropical plants, can be traced back to the lush rainforests of Central and South America. The name “Philodendron” is derived from the Greek words “philos,” meaning “love,” and “dendron,” meaning “tree,” reflecting the affectionate way these plants have been embraced by botanists and plant … Read more

Tulipa kaufmanniana (Water Lily Tulip): History, Cultivars & Care

Tulipa kaufmanniana, commonly known as Kaufmann’s tulip or waterlily tulip, is a species of tulip native to the mountainous regions of Central Asia, particularly in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It is named after the Russian botanist and explorer, Aleksandr Grigorievich Kaufmann. In its native habitat, Tulipa kaufmanniana can be found in alpine meadows and … Read more

Tulipa Gesneriana (the Didier’s tulip): History, Symbolism & Care

Tulipa gesneriana, commonly known as the Didier’s tulip or garden tulip, is one of widely cultivated species of tulips in many countries because of its large, showy flowers. This beautiful flowering plant belongs to the Liliaceae family. Most of the cultivars of tulip are derived from Tulipa gesneriana. It has become naturalised in parts of central and southern Europe and … Read more

Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight (aka Sterling Silver) Facts & Care

Scindapsus treubii “Moonlight” is a cultivar of Scindapsus treubii, a species of tropical evergreen vine native to Southeast Asia, particularly found in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. In its natural habitat, it typically grows as a climbing or trailing vine, attaching itself to trees and other vegetation. The species Scindapsus treubii was first described … Read more

Euphorbia flanaganii (Medusa’s Head) Plant

Euphorbia flanaganii, commonly known as “Medusa’s Head” or “Octopus Plant,”. It is native to the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, where it is found in rocky and arid areas. Its natural habitat is characterized by well-draining soils and receives limited rainfall. The most distinctive feature of Euphorbia flanaganii is its growth habit, which resembles … Read more

Rhipsalis Cereuscula ‘Rice Cactus’ Plant

Rhipsalis cereuscula, commonly known as the Coral Cactus or Rice Cactus, is indeed a beautiful and unique plant that captivates the eye with its charm. This epiphytic cactus is native to Central and South America and belongs to the Cactaceae family. The plant’s stems are covered in tiny, closely spaced, bright green, cylindrical segments that … Read more

Iodine Test For Starch: Reagents, Procedure & Results Interpretation

Principle Of Iodine Test For Starch The starch-iodide complex as charge is transferred between the starch and iodide ions (tri-iodide or pentaiodide). The transfer of the charge between the starch and the iodide ion changes the spacing between energy levels/orbitals. This change results in the starch-iodide complex absorbing light at different wavelength resulting in an … Read more

Molisch’s Test: Objective, Principle, Reagents, Procedure & Results Interpretation

Objective Molisch’s test is a sensitive chemical test, named after Australian Botanist Hans Molisch whose main objective is to test the presence of carbohydrates in a given analyte. Principle Molisch’s test entails the addition of Molisch’s reagent (a solution of α-naphthol in ethanol) to the analyte and the subsequent addition of a few drops of … Read more

Barfoed’s Test: Objective, Principle, Reagents, Procedure & Result Interpretation

Objective Barfoed’s test is a biochemical test devised by the Swedish physician C.T Barfoed (1815-1899). The main objective of the test is to distinguish between monosaccharides and reducing disaccharides. Principle Barfoed’s test reaction is based on the reduction of cupric acetate by reducing monosaccharides and reducing disaccharides. Reduction of cupric acetate produces cuprous oxide which … Read more

Seliwanoff’s Test: Objective, Principle, Reagent, Procedure & Result Interpretation

Objective Seliwanoff’s test is a biochemical test devised by the Russian chemist Theodore Seliwanoff in 1887. The main objective of the test is to distinguish Aldoses from ketose sugars. If the sugar contains a ketone group, it is a ketose while if it contains an aldehyde group, it is an Aldose. Principle The test relies … Read more