Plant, any member of the plant kingdom—a realm of nature made up largely of living organisms that make their own food. Plant life in general is called vegetation. Flora refers to the plant life of a particular locality or geologic age. The scientific study of plants is called botany. Traditionally, biologists have placed bacteria, fungi, slime molds, and algae in the plant kingdom; today, most biologists place them in other kingdoms.
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