Did you know that there are approximately 400,000 species of flowering plants around the world? Yes, you read that right: 400,000. It just goes to show that the flowers in our local parks, nurseries and gardens are just a fraction of what is out there.
In fact, the original database of flowering plant species had more than one million entries. After all, botanists around the globe have been naming and classifying plants for centuries. The result was an elaborate and lengthy list with many duplicates. So, in 2010, botanists cut 600,000 species from the database. This project took three years to complete.
Of course, you don’t need to be a botanist to know a thing or two about flowers. Plants are something that everyone can enjoy. From windowsill gardens to landscaped lawns, they can brighten up the home and make people smile. It’s exactly why we hang up wreaths, display bouquets and give flowers to wish someone well.
So, why not challenge yourself with a flower identification quiz? It’s the perfect way to put your green thumb to work — no soil or seeds required.
Don’t worry, though. You don’t need to identify all 400,000 species. Instead, let’s see if you can name at least 11 of these 40 flowers. Ready, set, bloom!