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.
They call kudzu the plant that ate the South for a reason. How did this leafy green legume make its way here all the way from Asia, and how has it managed to devour entire buildings?
Though they may be stuck in one place, plants have proven to possess a surprising array of capabilities. But the ability to feel pain? Scientists are learning that the possibility isn't as crazy as it sounds.