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New tree species found in Madagascar (self-destructing palm tree flowers once, then dies)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/16/08 | Jonny Hogg - ap

Posted on 01/16/2008 6:45:48 PM PST by NormsRevenge

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar - A self-destructing palm tree that flowers once every 100 years and then dies has been discovered on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, botanists said Thursday.

The name of the giant palm and its remarkable life cycle will be detailed in a study by Kew Gardens scientists in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society published Thursday.

"It's spectacular. It does not flower for maybe 100 years and when it's like this it can be mistaken for other types of palm," said Mijoro Rakotoarinivo, who works for the London botanical gardens in Madagascar.

"But then a large shoot, a bit like an asparagus, grows out of the top of the tree and starts to spread. You get something that looks a bit like a Christmas tree growing out of the top of the palm," he said.

The branches of this shoot then become covered in hundreds of tiny white flowers that ooze with nectar, attracting insects and birds.

But the effort of flowering and fruiting depletes the tree so much that within a few months it collapses and dies, said botanist Dr. John Dransfield, author of the study.

Dransfield noted that "even for Madagascar this is a stupendous palm and an astonishing discovery."

The world's fourth largest island, Madagascar is renowned for its unusual flora and fauna, including 12,000 species of plant found nowhere else in the world. Indeed 90 percent of its plant species are endemic.

The palm tree, which grows to 66 feet in height and has about 16-foot leaves, is only found in an extremely remote region in the northwest of the country, some four days by road from the capital. Local villagers have known about it for years although none had seen it in flower until last year.

The bizarre flowering ritual was first spotted by Frenchman Xavier Metz, who runs a cashew plantation nearby. After seeing it he notified Kew Gardens.

Puzzling Dransfield is how botanists had missed such a "whopping palm" until now. According to him it is the largest palm species in the country but there appear to be only about 100 in existence.

He also questions how the palm got to Madagascar. The tree has similarities to Chuniophoeniceae palms, however these are only found in Asia, more than 3,700 miles away.

Dransfield suggests the plant has been quietly living and dramatically dying in Madagascar since the island split with mainland India 80 million years ago.


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KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; madagascar; palmtree; science; selfdestructing; species; tree

This undated photo released by the Royal Botanic Gardens, shows a newly discovered species of palm tree on the Indian Ocean Island of Madagascar. A self-destructing palm tree that flowers once every 100 years and then dies has been discovered on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, botanists said Thursday Jan. 17, 2008. The name of the giant palm and its remarkable life cycle will be detailed in a study by Kew Gardens scientists in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society published Thursday. (AP Photo/Royal Botanic Gardens, John Dransfield)


1 posted on 01/16/2008 6:45:51 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

no comment.


2 posted on 01/16/2008 6:46:48 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can't stand the heat, get out of the melting pot.)
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To: All

This one will drive the liberal whackos crazy..a Palm tree that commits suicide.....my god, the planet is killing itself, my god, what can we do to save this self destructing species..OMG....


3 posted on 01/16/2008 6:49:37 PM PST by Alright_on_the_LeftCoast
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To: the invisib1e hand

4 posted on 01/16/2008 6:54:41 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Alright_on_the_LeftCoast

It’s global warming!


5 posted on 01/16/2008 6:54:56 PM PST by Red6 (Come and take it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Maybe it’s in the banana family. Banana trees flower once and the flower turns into a stock of bananas and then the tree dies.


6 posted on 01/16/2008 6:58:55 PM PST by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: fish hawk

Maybe it’s in the banana family. Banana trees flower once and the flower turns into a stock of bananas and then the tree dies.

from the behavior at the end on this one,, could be ..

I hope someone got a shot of the flower


7 posted on 01/16/2008 7:03:36 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge
"But the effort of flowering and fruiting depletes the tree so much that within a few months it collapses..."

This can be understandable.

8 posted on 01/16/2008 7:08:34 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: NormsRevenge
When these trees go, do we know where Kevorkian is?
9 posted on 01/16/2008 7:09:01 PM PST by ditto h
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To: NormsRevenge

Shades of the Century Plant.


10 posted on 01/16/2008 7:09:15 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: NormsRevenge

Interesting. My sister and her husband were medical missionary’s to Madagascar in the 80’s.


11 posted on 01/16/2008 7:09:18 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (28 days till pitcher and catchers report!)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

12 posted on 01/16/2008 7:10:13 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: NormsRevenge

It truely is a wonderful world. There is so much variety. We’re so lucky we get to spend a few years here.


13 posted on 01/16/2008 7:13:43 PM PST by live+let_live
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To: live+let_live

I hear ya. If nothing else, maybe some of the kids and yute lurking on FR will look into it more down the road.

Most all of Us old farts don’t have the lifespan today to outlive one of these palms,, but someday , you may get to have one planted when you’re born and celebrate your 100th when it blooms.. cool.


14 posted on 01/16/2008 7:18:51 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge
I think we should name a flower after BJ Clinton’s baggage.
The Titan Arum would be best for her!
15 posted on 01/16/2008 7:19:05 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Rudy,Romney,McCain, Huckabee will send a self-abused stomped elephant to the DRNC.)
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To: fish hawk
Maybe it’s in the banana family. Banana trees flower once and the flower turns into a stock of bananas and then the tree dies.

I didn't know you could by stock in bananas.

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time flies like the wind, but fruit flies like....

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I think there are some scriptures about all of creation speaking the things of God. And other scriptures about man being like a flower...flourishing for a short time and then withering.

Pretty dramatic sermon.

A palm tree (if I recall) is basically a very big, slow motion blade of grass.

/my two cents

16 posted on 01/16/2008 7:21:25 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can't stand the heat, get out of the melting pot.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Blooms once, gets deflowered and them commits suicide?

IBTYPBR? oh sNaP! if anyone figures that out!

17 posted on 01/16/2008 7:25:08 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (To Err Is Human. To Arr is Pirate. To Unnngh! is Freeper.)
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To: K4Harty
Blooms once, gets deflowered and them commits suicide?

didn't decipher your acronym or whatever it is, but the comment got me wondering...is there a species that kills a couple of dozen of the trees nearest to itself when it does itself in? -- no, no: that's not natural.

18 posted on 01/16/2008 7:32:24 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if you can't stand the heat, get out of the melting pot.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Imagine having one of these in your backyard. Some major news event happens, you dutifully excuse yourself from your normal FR correspondence and go take a shower.....when you’re done, the tree has flowered and written out its own suicide note. Man, that would suck.


19 posted on 01/16/2008 7:39:47 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (We've checked, and all your zeroes are OK. We're still working on your ones.)
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To: NormsRevenge
But the effort of flowering and fruiting depletes the tree so much that within a few months it collapses and dies

Like so many in Hollywood, apparently.

20 posted on 01/16/2008 7:51:55 PM PST by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: NormsRevenge
A self-destructing palm tree that flowers once every 100 years and then dies

C'mon people!!!

Bushes fault!

21 posted on 01/16/2008 8:03:10 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (Why settle for RINO? The Hunter takes em all down!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Ah, isn't the species a "PALM”"?
22 posted on 01/16/2008 8:05:26 PM PST by BillT
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To: TigersEye

interesting.


23 posted on 01/16/2008 8:17:37 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't taunt the animal's at the zoo or they may bite YOU!)
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To: the invisib1e hand

my bad on the stock/stalk, my typing is much faster than my brain. LOL One thing about a mistake on FR, though, is that there is always someone to point it out.


24 posted on 01/16/2008 8:18:42 PM PST by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: Parley Baer
Shades of the Century Plant.

First thing I thought of, too.

Awesome buggers; one we had suddenly decided to flower, and in barely a week had shot up between the wires, then shorted out the power lines when it opened, starting a grass fire. As the stem is growing, it looks slightly obscene, too. ;)

Before...

Growing...

After...

The fire was on a Sunday, and the fire crew made SoCal Edison send a crew to both cut the stem, and fix the lines.

VINDICATED! On the previous Thursday, they had a bucket truck crew at the neighbor's, and they refused to cut it, even thogh it was already between the wires..."Ugh, gee, hyuck; ain't our job, hyuck, hyuck!"

25 posted on 01/16/2008 8:24:14 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG material here.


26 posted on 01/16/2008 8:31:23 PM PST by Fractal Trader (.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Some bamboos flower only once in 100 years, and often die.


27 posted on 01/16/2008 8:34:26 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: pandoraou812
...in Madagascar since the island split with mainland India 80 million years ago.

I thought Madagascar split from the African continent. If you look at a map it fits the African coastline perfectly. I also recall watching a show about the great rift of eastern Africa which will eventually split Tanzania and a few other countries away. They made a comparison with Madagascar splitting from Africa.

28 posted on 01/16/2008 9:00:58 PM PST by TigersEye (Crusty is as Crusty does.)
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To: NormsRevenge

New species discovered. Blooms every hundred years and then dies. Question. How do they know? Oh yeah. Peer review says so.


29 posted on 01/16/2008 9:22:34 PM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Fractal Trader

Thanks, I’ll check it out.

Tree man ‘who grew roots’ may be cured
Telegraph.co.uk | 01/13/2008 | Matthew Moore
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30 posted on 01/16/2008 9:46:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__________________Profile updated Wednesday, January 16, 2008)
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31 posted on 01/16/2008 9:53:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__________________Profile updated Wednesday, January 16, 2008)
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To: LonePalm

ping...


32 posted on 01/16/2008 10:19:49 PM PST by null and void (Conservatives are tired of being sucked up to every 4 years and stabbed in the back for the next 3.)
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To: NormsRevenge

makes sense, no point of having a non growing, non budding tree hang around for 100s of years, while new growth could take over.


33 posted on 01/16/2008 10:40:16 PM PST by LukeL
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To: Parley Baer; ApplegateRanch; MozarkDawg
Shades of the Century Plant.

Indeed, I have an agave corpse to prove it.

34 posted on 01/16/2008 10:45:38 PM PST by dighton
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To: NormsRevenge

Funny... I got a palm that looks just like that, and I ain’t ever seen it flower neither. ;-)


35 posted on 01/17/2008 12:25:20 AM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: the invisib1e hand

In Before The Young Palestinian Boy Reference?


36 posted on 01/17/2008 4:14:12 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (To Err Is Human. To Arr is Pirate. To Unnngh! is Freeper.)
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To: null and void
I saw it.

None of my relatives.

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37 posted on 01/17/2008 4:56:25 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: fish hawk

Look at the fronds. They are similar to palmettos, nothing like bananas.


38 posted on 01/17/2008 5:15:58 AM PST by arthurus (Better to fight them OVER THERE than to have to fight them OVER HERE!)
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To: NormsRevenge
"...you may get to have one planted when you’re born and celebrate your 100th when it blooms.. cool."

Could make an interesting premise for a sci-fi novel...
39 posted on 01/17/2008 7:40:16 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Although most dead people vote democrat, aborted babies, if given the choice, would vote Republican.)
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To: Parley Baer

That same thought ran through my mind.


40 posted on 01/17/2008 7:41:51 AM PST by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: ApplegateRanch

I have always wondered what one looked like when it bloomed. My mother in law had one her mother used to have, It died during a freeze when the power went out.


41 posted on 01/17/2008 7:45:42 AM PST by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: fish hawk

I take it that banana wood isn’t really good for anything?


42 posted on 01/17/2008 7:48:41 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: SunkenCiv
Tree man ‘who grew roots’ may be cured

Last night on either Discover or TLC they had a one hour program on him. It is a very sad story, what is even worse is that he works for a circus type of show with others take have diffenent problems but are just as sad.

At the end of the show they said that he did not know if he would actually try the treatment.

43 posted on 01/17/2008 7:49:24 AM PST by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: Calvin Locke
The trunk of a banana tree is not really wood. It is pulpy and very wet but the Hawaiians have found a good use for it. When they cook a pig in a imu (ground oven) they have the hot rocks on the bottom then cover them with the pulpy banana stalks and leaves to keep the pig from burning up on the hot rocks. The wetness of the stalks actually help to steam the meat.
44 posted on 01/17/2008 8:27:18 AM PST by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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