Japanese Canopy

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Plantae Liliales Melanthiaceae Paris Paris japonica
  • Plant Type: Perennial, deciduous.
  • Common Names: Kinugasaso, a Japanese canopy plant.
  • Color: White
  • Flower Dimensions: 0.98 inches to 1.38 inches.
  • Flowering Season: Late Spring/Early Summer (May-August).
  • Places in Japan with Kinugasasou: Woodlands of Northern Japan.

Japanese Canopy

Paris japonica is a slow-growing perennial plant native to Japan with a height of 6-12 inches.

Paris Japonica

Interesting Facts of Japanese Canopy Plant

  • The Japanese name of the plant, Kinigasa-sou, means silk umbrella weed[1]. The common name of the species describes the arrangement of its leaves. The leaves resemble the umbrella-like ceremonial canopies[2] of the Japanese Emperors during ancient times.
  • Researchers[3] stated that Paris japonica holds the largest recorded genome and is also at high risk of extinction. Scientists stated that the larger the genome, the more at risk of extinction.
  • Paris japonica[4] has 149 billion Nucleotides. It is 50 times the size of the human genome. Moreover, the scientists discovered[5] that the marbled lungfish is often larger than the previous record-holder.
  • According to scientists[6], plants with a large genome grow more slowly than other plants because the replication time of the genome is longer. Also, they have difficulty tolerating pollution and extreme climatic conditions.
  • The genome of P. japonica was discovered by the scientists at Kew Jodrell Laboratory. According to the scientists, the genome of the P. japonica, when stretched, is taller than the Big Ben.
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Key References
  • [1]“Kinugasa japonica (Franchet & Savatier) Tatewaki & C. Suto”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [2]“Paris japonica (Franch. & Sav.) Franch. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [3]“Rare plant has biggest genome yet found › News in Science (ABC Science)”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [4]“Who’s Got the Biggest Genome of Them All?”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [5]“Rare Japanese plant has largest genome known to science — ScienceDaily”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.
  • [6]“ScienceShot: Biggest Genome Ever | Science | AAAS”. Accessed June 06, 2022. Link.

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