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Leftover potatoes turned into a night of science!

Solanum tuberosum contains the hundreds of the potato varieties that we eat! The potato itself is a modified stem called a tuber, which acts as a storage organ. The “eyes” of the potato are in fact nodes, and contain axillary buds. When potatoes are left out too long, the bud will start to differentiate and form leaves, roots, and shoots. The eyes of the potato can be replanted, and after a few weeks new potato plants will emerge! Follow for more plant facts and photos!