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IELTS Cue Card # 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 a rather 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 in Asia and the African continents.

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 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 10 to 40 cm long, 5 millimetres in diameter, and have four white petals each. The fruit is a dry capsule of 68 mm diameter, containing numerous 12.5 mm seeds. Interestingly, this plant is grown, literally anywhere from a backyard and empty field to a rooftop. I like this plant because it has lots of usages but it doesn’t require exactly much effort, time or 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 grows in plenty in our country. If you ever go to the countryside in the autumn season, you will find the stunning paddy plants in many fields and they would seem dancing with the rhythms of the wind. This plant requires fertile land, a good supply of water and sunlight to grow well. Rice is our staple food and we get rice from these paddy plants.

The paddy plant is a medium-sized shrub that is thin. The leaves and body of this plant are green. Usually, the outer layer of the rice seeds are green in the early stage but become yellowish when it is ripe. Our economy heavily depends on our rice production so this is an important crop for us.

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 during the harvesting season. Farmers cultivate paddy plants acres after acres of lands and wish to produce a good quantity and quality of rice. These paddy plants are beautiful to look at, harmoniously dance with the direction of the wind and creates a soothing sound if you look and hear closely.

I like this plant because it provides us with rice which is our staple food. Our economy depends to a great extent 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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