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Madagascar: This Tree Will Self-Destruct

June 2, 2008

If you come across the Tahina spectabilis on Madagascar, snap a photo while you have a chance. This unique species of palm, which was discovered last year when a scientist stumbled upon photos posted on an Internet message board, grows to an astonishing 60-foot-high tower and then, after about 50 years, it self-destructs in a bizarre display of botanical suicide. Talk about deeply rooted issues. kew.org

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