IELTS Cue Card Sample 188 - Describe a plant grown in your country

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a plant grown in your country.

You should say:

  • what the plant is
  • where it is grown
  • why you like or dislike it

and explain why this is an important plant.


Model Answer 1:
My country has rather a fertile land, so, naturally different kinds of plants are easily grown on its soil. Needless to say, some of these plants are rather useful, and among them, I would like to talk about one plant, which is not only popular and useful in my country, but also in many other parts of the world, especially the Asia and the African continent.

The name of this plant is more popularly known as “Mehndi” (or “Heena” tree in plain English) in my part of the world. Originally coming from the Egypt, Lawsonia inermis (the scientific name of Heena) is a flowering plant that can grow about 12 to 15 feet high. The plant grows best in heat up to 120-degree Fahrenheit temperature. In fact, this is the perfect temperature at which the plant can contain more dye. However, it may wilt in temperatures below 50-degree Fahrenheit. Further, it also grows better in dry soil than damp soil. As far as the leaves of this plant are concerned, they are in opposite decussate pairs and vary in sizes from approximately 2 to 4 cm. long.

Its flowers are fragrant, produced in conical panicles that are 1040 cm long, 5 millimeter in diameter, and have four white petals each. The fruit is a dry capsule 68 mm diameter, containing numerous 12.5 mm seeds. By the way, this plant is grown, literally anywhere from a backyard and empty field to roof top. Anyway, I like this plant because it has lots of usages but it doesn’t exactly much effort or time to grow. Besides, it doesn’t really take much space to grow.

Anyway, this is an important plant, mainly because its paste is used to paint different body parts of women on occasions like wedding ceremony, music and dance party, during important rites of passage, and in other times of joyous celebrations. Besides, this plant can also be used for medicinal purposes to treat ailments like headaches, stomach pains, burns, open wounds, fever, and even the prevention of hair loss! Indeed, it is an important plant to grow.


Sample Answer 2:
Paddy plant or rice plant is a very common plant which is grown in our country. The farmers of our country cultivate it and it is grown in most of the places in our country. If you go to the countryside in the autumn season, you will find this paddy plant is dancing with the wind. This plant grows well in the fertile land and needs a good supply of water and sunlight. Rice is our chip food and we get rice from this paddy plant.

The paddy plant is a medium side plant which is thin and the leaves and body of this plant are green. Usually, the rice seed is green in early states and becomes yellow when it is ripe. Our economy heavily depends on our rice production. Our environment, soil, water and fields are in favour of producing a large quantity of rice each year.

Since I live in a city now, I don't see these plants here but in my childhood whenever I went to visit our village, I found this plant in every field. Mile after mile farmers cultivate paddy plants and wish to get a good quantity of rice. These paddy plants are beautiful and create harmony with the wind if you hear closely. The dancing of this plant with the wind is something that would simply create a magical hallucination.

I also like it because this plant provides us with rice which is our staple food. The taste and food value are quite good and it is our main crop. Every part of this plant has its usefulness. Our economy has a good dependency on the production of rice which we get from this plant. In our country, this is probably the most important plant we grow.


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