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Branches of Botany: Historically, parts of Barringtonia trees have been used in fishing

  • COURTESY JESSE ADAMS
                                The plant’s bloom resembles a small pompom.

    COURTESY JESSE ADAMS

    The plant’s bloom resembles a small pompom.

  • COURTESY JESSE ADAMS
                                The rare Barringtonia papuana can be viewed now in flower at the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum. The plant’s bloom, at right, resembles a small pompom.

    COURTESY JESSE ADAMS

    The rare Barringtonia papuana can be viewed now in flower at the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum. The plant’s bloom, at right, resembles a small pompom.

Throughout our history, humans have used plants for nearly everything from food and medicine to shelter. Ethnobotany is the field of plant science that focuses on humans’ use of plants and how they are incorporated into our daily lives and activities. Read more

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