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Wild Things: Great Whites, Tree Snakes, Drongos and More

These animals redefine life as we know it

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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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