Wild Things: Great Whites, Tree Snakes, Drongos and More
These animals redefine life as we know it
- By T.A. Frail, Megan Gambino, Jesse Rhodes, Jess Righthand and Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian magazine, February 2011
The violet Viola hondoensis, which lives on forest floors in Japan and Korea, sheds leaves in the spring, when most plants are unfurling new ones. Scientists in Japan tested possible triggers, such as temperature changes, but the culprit is the violet itself: new leaves high up on the stem plunge those below into oppressive shade.
Learn more about the violet Viola hondoensis at the Encyclopedia of Life.
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