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Plant

Plants are mainly multicellular, predominantly photosynthetic eukaryotes of the kingdom Plantae. They form the clade Viridiplantae (Latin for "green plants") that includes the flowering plants, conifers and other gymnosperms, ferns, clubmosses, hornworts, liverworts, mosses and the green algae, and excludes the red and brown algae. Historically, plants were treated as one of two kingdoms including all living things that were not animals, and all algae and fungi were treated as plants. However, all current definitions of Plantae exclude the fungi and some algae, as well as the prokaryotes (the archaea and bacteria).

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New Carnivorous Plant Species Discovered on Facebook

The 2nd largest carnivorous plant in the Americas found on a single mountain top in Brazil was the first plant to be discovered through the social media site. The new plant species has been called the "magnificent sundew" and is critically endangered. Sundews are the largest group of carnivorous plants currently consisting of about 250 species and can grow up to about 1.5 meters in length. This discovery goes to show the role that social media can play in bringing amateurs and professionals together in making discoveries.

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