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Saturday, January 19, 2008

New Genus of Self-destructive Palm found in Madagascar

A gigantic palm that flowers itself to death has been discovered in Madagascar. This previously unknown genus is entirely new to science and has been named Tahina spectabilis. ‘Tahina’ is Malagasy for "to be protected" or "blessed" and is a given name of Anne-Tahina Metz, the daughter of the discoverer of the palm. ‘Spectabilis’ is Latin for spectacular.
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