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This kid is going fishing. That doesn’t look like a normal boatthough. What is he sitting in?

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It’s a giant lily pad, originally from the Amazon rainforest! These lilypads are strong enough to hold kids! Look how big they can grow!

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Check out what the underside of the rainforest lily pad looks like! Other rainforest plants have giant leaves too--check them out!

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Palm trees have branches with lots of skinny leaves (leaflets). Think like an inventor. What could you make out of these?

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Watch as this person weaves (braids) the leaves. See if you can figure out what the person is making before the video ends!

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People weave palm leaves to make many different things. In Indonesia, people create these amazing wedding decorations!

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Some leaves have amazing colors and patterns! But...

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...this wiggly, white pattern wasn’t always on this leaf! What doyou think happened to the leaf? Where did the pattern come from?

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The pattern was made by a little insect--a leaf miner--havinglunch! It walks in a wiggly path as it eats the inside of the leaf!

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Check out these strange things on these leaves. What do youthink they are? Take a guess.

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These are called galls. Insects laid tiny eggs in these leaves, thenthe eggs made the leaves grow strange, colorful shapes (galls)!

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Watch as a person touches this plant! (Wait to see what happens!)How do you think folding up its leaves could help the plant?

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Some animals eat leaves. But when this plant “closes up,” it lookslike there are fewer yummy leaves to eat. The leaves reopen later!

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Most plants don’t seem to move at all. But if you fast forwardtime... check out how much these houseplants move during 1 day!

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Why are four-leaf clovers so rare? (2024)

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Why are four-leaf clovers so rare? ›

Whereas human chromosomes come in matched pairs, clovers have four copies of each chromosome per cell. The gene responsible for four-leaf clovers is 'recessive', which means that the plant will only produce four leaves if it has the four-leaf gene on all four chromosomes, which is a rare occurrence.

Why is it so rare to find a four-leaf clover? ›

It is debated whether the fourth leaf is caused genetically or environmentally. Its relative rarity (1 in ~5,000 clovers) suggests a possible recessive gene appearing at a low frequency. Alternatively, four-leaf clovers could be caused by somatic mutation or a developmental error of environmental causes.

Why is a 4 leaf clover special? ›

The Druids (Celtic priests), in the early days of Ireland, believed that when they carried a three-leaf clover or shamrock, they could see evil spirits coming and have a chance to escape in time. Four-leaf clovers were Celtic charms, presumed to offer magical protection and ward off bad luck.

Which is rarer 4 or 5 leaf clover? ›

It's estimated that you have a 1 in 100,000 chance of finding a five-leaf clover, compared to a 1 in 10,000 chance of finding a four-leaf clover.

How rare is it to get a four-leaf clover? ›

According to The Weather Network, a four-leaf clover is rare, and difficult to find. A quick Google search said the odds are 1 in 10,000, but a 2017 study says chances are much better, with a 1 in 5,000 chance. Inside Science also reported 1 in 10,000 odds.

Do 5 leaf clovers exist? ›

The five-leaf clover is the rarest of these variants. Surprisingly, the odds of finding a five-leaf clover are one in a million for new finders. However, others believe that collectors have a one in 20,000 chance of finding the treasure.

What does 🍀 mean in love? ›

Four leaf clover stands for specific 4 meanings, they. are: loyalty, love, luck and hope for the last.🍀 Wear this lovely multiway (can be worn may ways)

What does each leaf mean in 🍀? ›

According to pagan legends, each leaf has a meaning. The first would bring fame, the second leaf would bring us wealth, the third love, and the fourth health. But in the Christian and Catholic tradition each leaf corresponds rather to a virtue.

What happens if you give someone a four-leaf clover? ›

If you're the superstitious type, give your four-leaf clover to someone else. It's said that this will double your good luck.

What is the meaning of ☘? ›

The Shamrock emoji ☘️ depicts a three-leafed sprig of the shamrock plant. As the shamrock is the national emblem of Ireland, the Shamrock emoji ☘️ is widely used in association with Irish culture, identity, and heritage, especially on St. Patrick's day each year on March 17.

What is the superstition about the four-leaf clover? ›

According to the legend, the leaves of a four-leaf clover represent hope, faith, love, and a fourth for good luck. A common belief during the Middle Ages was if someone carried a four-leaf clover, they would have the ability to see fairies.

What is the luckiest clover? ›

The four-leafed clover, or “lucky clover”, is an uncommon variation of the three-leafed clover, and widely considered to be a symbol of good luck. Because they are a mutation, they are rare, and not found in the same abundance as the shamrock, and thus, considered lucky.

Should I pick a 4 leaf clover? ›

Four-leaf clovers are considered lucky for their rarity. In the Middle Ages, it was believed by some Celtic groups that wielding a four-leaf clover would help you see fairies, as well as ward off evil spirits and grant the holder good luck.

Can you grow your own 4 leaf clover? ›

Some companies sell clover seeds that will grow into plants that are more likely to produce four leaves. But even in plants grown from these seeds, four-leafed ones remain rare.

Are there fake four-leaf clovers? ›

FAKER #1 Marsilea

Marsilea quadrifolia and Marsilea polycarpa are the biggest impostors of this genus, and resemble the four leaf clover so closely that many refer to these plants as waterclover, most commonly, European waterclover.

Are clovers edible? ›

What you might not know about this so-called "lucky plant" is that in addition to being a common ground covering, clover is often used as a medicinal herb. Clover is both edible and potentially beneficial to your health. You can eat the leaves in salad or boil the blossoms to make tea.

What should you do if you find a four-leaf clover? ›

If you do happen to find one… keep searching that area! A 2017 survey concluded that around 1 in 5,000 clovers is four-leaved, but they do tend to be found in clusters. Statistically, if a clover plant produces one four-leaf clover, it's likely to produce more of them than normal plants would.

What is the chance of seeing a 4 leaf clover? ›

A quick Google search says the odds of finding a four-leaf clover on your first try is about 1 in 10,000 - but a 2017 analysis of 5.7 million clovers over six countries suggests your chances are closer to 1 in 5,000 - and while that's much better, it looks like four-leaf clovers are a rare find no matter how you slice ...

Why have I never found a four-leaf clover? ›

Trifolium is a Latin word that means "three leaf." That explains why 99.99% of clovers you find only have three leaves. Clovers with four (or more) leaves are the result of mutations or recessive genes in the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) of clover plants.

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