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The palm tree that walks

The palm tree that walks

By René Villanueva Maldonado

Many aspects of the biology and ecology of this species are still unknown, which still represents a botanical enigma that fascinates all those who know it. There are multiple theories regarding the function of this particular root system.

The way this palm walks is due to the fact that it uses wading roots and its trunk or stipe never comes into contact with the ground. It is then that if the palm receives some environmental stimulus that alters or produces some stress, it will produce new roots, on the side to which it will move, while those on the opposite side will dry out. In this way, the palm manages to travel considerable distances, and more if one takes into account that it reaches a height of up to 25 meters.

This species has a strong association with epiphytic plants.

It is distributed in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador, although it has a wide geographic distribution as an invasive plant, being found in countries like Mexico.

Many aspects of the biology and ecology of this species are still unknown, which still represents a botanical enigma that fascinates all those who know it. In this way, the palm manages to travel considerable distances, and more if one takes into account that it reaches a height of up to 25 meters.

This species has a strong association with epiphytic plants.

It is distributed in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador, although it has a wide geographic distribution as an invasive plant, being found in countries like Mexico.


Video: Walking Under The Palm Trees (May 2021).