Plant Species

Plant species

How many plant species are there in the world?

We have the immense luck of living in a world where in much of the globe there is life, both animal and vegetable.

Both kingdoms coexist in harmony, often creating symbiotic relationships to help each other better adapt to their natural habitat.


have you ever wondered how many plant species there are?

plant species

That’s a very interesting question, no doubt, that finally has an answer, although we do not know if definitive ????.

How many species are there in the world?

In 2011 a team of scientists wanted to know how many species had been discovered to date, and they succeeded. At the moment, it is known that there are 8.7 million, of which 6.5 million are terrestrial and 2.2 million are aquatic. Of that incredible figure, 7.77 million are animal species, 298,000 species of plants and 611,000 species of fungi . However, according to the calculations of the experts, approximately 86% of the terrestrial species and 91% of the marine species have not yet been discovered.

What does this mean? Well, basically, we know very little about the different life forms that inhabit this beautiful planet , the only one to date that we know that houses life. It is not, then, surprising that every so often the discovery of a new animal or vegetable species is announced.

What types of plants are there?

There are several types: trees , palms , conifers , shrubs, grasses, climbers , ferns , mosses … Each of them has its own characteristics that make them unique, but they all have something in common: they perform photosynthesis ; that is, they transform the energy of the sun into food. By doing so, they release oxygen, without which none of us would be here today.

It is interesting to know the plants, but it is also very important to respect them . It is currently deforesting at a rate too fast. If we continue like this, when we realize that money can not be eaten, it will be too late.Do you know what you can plant in winter?Discover what kind of plants you can plant and buy in winter and in each season of the year

Don Burke

I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide.  I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.

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