Friday, January 18, 2008

New Species of Palm Suicidal!

Two vacationers in Madagascar were strolling along the beach when they noticed a large and unusual palm. Turns out, it was an entirely new family of species which continues to bloom until it dies!

The palm had remained hidden for centuries because it resides in an area only accessible by air. One scientist called it a "mind-blowing discovery." In fact, the tree is an actual botanical wonder.

The palm stands around 70' tall and blooms only once in its life. When its flowers and pollen have been shed, its nutrients are completely exhausted and it collapses and dies. While the one-time fruiting is fatal, no one knows how long the plant lives.

Plans to cultivate the palm under controlled circumstances are being floated.

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