Plants with unique properties—subsample of candidates for transcriptome sequencing Diesel tree Copaifera officianalis http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/webb/Bot410/Secretion/BrazOilTree300.jpg Sequiterpene production in oleoresin—potential for biofuel. Demonstrates antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus 27708. Gas plant Dictamnus albus Produces a flammable essential oil in the leaves, stems and flowers—interest for biofuel metabolomics. Sensitive plant Mimosa pudica http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mimosa_pudica_ HabitusLeavesInflorescences_BotGardBln0906a.jpg Tactile stimulation causes rapid leaf movement. Bladderwort Utricularia vulgaris www.floralimages.co.uk An aquatic carnivorous plant that has been observed to breakdown algae in its hollow bladders—possible cellulases for biofuels. Eastern skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus www.wildflower.org Maintains a spadix temperature of around 20 degrees C even when the ambient air temperature drops below freezing. Resurrection fern Pleopeltis polypodioides www.floridanature.org/species.asp?species=Ple... Can lose almost all of its free water (97%) and still recover –most plants die if they lose 10-15% of their water. False rose of Jericho Selaginella lepidophylla http://jardin-mundani.info/selaginellaceae/selaginella-jerico.jpg Noted for its ability to survive almost complete desiccation; during dry weather in its native habitat, its stems curl into a tight ball and uncurl when exposed to moisture Petroleum nut Pittosporum resiniferum http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/carr/images/pit_res_5739.jpg The fruits of the tree burn brightly when ignited, and can be used for illumination as torches or candles. The oil can also be distilled into a very pure form of n-heptane. English ivy Hedera helix http://cricket.biol.sc.edu/acmoore/527/plants/Hedera_helix1.jpg Produces nanoparticles in the aerial roots that enables it to bind tightly to horizontal surfaces. Boston ivy Parthenocissus tricuspidata http://www.vrtnarstvopustovrh.si/eng/images/foto_utrinki/parthenocissus_tricuspidata_veitchi_01.JPG Produces nanoparticles that enables it to bind tightly to horizontal surfaces. Venus flytrap Dionaea muscipula http://www.collectorscorner.com.au/Carnivorous%20Plants/Carnivorous%20Pictures/Av ftNo1.jpg Catches and digests insects by a trapping structure formed at the terminal portion of the leaves caused by rapid leaf movement—interest in comparing leaf transcriptome and trap transcriptome. Chinese brake fern Pteris vittata http://www.biologie.uniregensburg.de/Botanik/Schoenfelder/kanaren/images/Pteris_vittata.jpg Used in phytoremediation—hyperaccumulates arsenic.