• Plants
  • Pertaining to the scientific classification of plants.
Abstract from DBPedia
    Plants, also called green plants, are multicellular eukaryotes of the kingdom Plantae. They form an unranked clade Viridiplantae (Latin for green plants) that includes the flowering plants, conifers and other gymnosperms, ferns, clubmosses, hornworts, liverworts, mosses and the green algae. Green plants exclude the red and brown algae, the fungi, archaea, bacteria and animals. Green plants have cell walls with cellulose and obtain most of their energy from sunlight via photosynthesis by primary chloroplasts, derived from endosymbiosis with cyanobacteria. Their chloroplasts contain chlorophylls a and b, which gives them their green color. Some plants are parasitic and have lost the ability to produce normal amounts of chlorophyll or to photosynthesize. Plants are characterized by sexual reproduction and alternation of generations, although asexual reproduction is also common. There are about 300–315 thousand species of plants, of which the great majority, some 260–290 thousand, are seed plants (see the ). Green plants provide most of the world's molecular oxygen and are the basis of most of the earth's ecologies, especially on land. Plants that produce grains, fruits and vegetables form humankind's basic foodstuffs, and have been domesticated for millennia. Plants play many roles in culture. They are used as ornaments and, until recently and in great variety, they have served as the source of most medicines and drugs. The scientific study of plants is known as botany, a branch of biology.

    植物(しょくぶつ、plant)とは、生物区分のひとつ。以下に見るように多義的である。 * 慣用的生物区分: 一般的には、草や木などのように、根があって場所が固定されて生きているような生物のこと。動物と対比させられた生物区分。 * 生態的生物区分: 光合成をする生物のこと。多細胞体制のもののみとする場合や単細胞のものまで含める場合がある。 * 系統的生物区分: 真核生物の中の1つの生物群。陸上植物およびそれらに近縁な生物が含まれる。ワカメなどの褐藻は系統が異なるため含まれない。 植物という語が指し示す範囲は歴史的に変遷してきており、現在でも複数の定義が並立している。そのため、「植物」を分類群としては認めなかったり、別の名前を採用し「植物」はシノニムとする動きもある。分類群としての名称は植物界となる。なお、本文においては、系統的生物区分すなわち単系統群について主に記述する。


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