Suicidal giant Madagascar palm
In the jungle on the island of Madagascar giant palm tree that grows reaches 18 meters and displays leaves about five meters in diameter. Its existence has just been discovered by a team of researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London, who have dubbed Tahina spectabilis.
The life cycle of this mammoth plant is unusual in that it reaches a high altitude before the end of his trunk and deploy multiple branches flourish with hundreds of tiny flowers. Each flower is able to be pollinated and become fruits. When this occurs, the nutrient reserves of the palm become depleted completely, the plant falls to the ground and dies exhausted.
According to an article published today reveals in the magazine Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, the new palm grows in deep fertile soil at the foot of limestone hills in areas that are flooded seasonally. The area was discovered that the specimen has an average annual temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and remains eight months a year without rain.
Madagascar is a true jewel as far as biodiversity is concerned. In all, home to more than 10,000 plant species and 90 percent of them are not found anywhere else in the world, including the new palm. Researchers estimate that in the whole island could be less than a hundred copies of Tahina spectabilis, which will be a challenge for conservationists, especially given that the flowering and fruit development of this kind is an event very little frequent.