Welcome to the eleventh edition of Berry Go Round, the monthly celebration of all things photosynthetic. Time to take a stroll through the blogging garden, and see what is showing itself this month.
First off, consider where it all began. The Phytophactor takes us back to look at Cooksonia, one of the first plants to grow on land, a towering giant that at five centimetres tall was the highest-growing plant of its time.
And while you're looking low, consider what other small wonders you may find near the ground. You may even find a pile of dead men's fingers.
But if you've had enough of looking down, you might prefer to look up... and up... and up... and contemplate some of the world's great conifers. Or you might be impressed by another of the gymnosperms, the ginkgo, with an ancestry separated from all other living plants by about two hundred million years. And, as it turns out, with an associated fungus that is equally unique. Just don't think you'll get away with shoving the seeds in your handbag.
If you're in the tropics instead, then what could be more tropical than palm trees? Seeds Aside considers the effect that weather can have on palm evolution, while Ian Ramjohn looks at the Moriche palm and efforts to harvest from it more sustainably.