Fast growing plants

Barry Meatyard B.T.Meatyard at WARWICK.AC.UK
Mon Oct 18 06:08:20 EST 1999

Dear All,

Whilst Rapid Cycling Brassicas are well established as teaching tools in
many parts of the world through the initiatives of, for example, Wisconsin
Fast Plants in the US and Science and Plants for Schools in the UK, there
must be other rapid cycling plants that have not yet found their way onto
the educational stage.

I'm thinking particularly of desert ephemerals that germinate, flower and
set seed very quickly after a brief period of rain. Can anyone suggest
possible species to investigate and, perhaps more importantly, sustainable
and legal sources of seed?


Dr.Barry Meatyard
Science and Plants for Schools
Environmental Sciences Research and Education Unit
Warwick Institute of Education
University of Warwick

Email: barry.meatyard at
Tel: 44 (0) 2476 524228
Fax: 44 (0) 2476 523237

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