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Geologist discovers plant with expensive tastes!

Posted on May 12 2015

Geologist Stephen E. Haggerty of Florida International University has discovered that the thorny, palm like plant – Pandanus candelabrum only likes to grow in the most expensive soil that contains diamonds.

Until recently, botanists didn’t pay much attention to this rare plant from West Africa either. But the discovery that P. candelabrum grows only over rock that may contain diamonds has vaulted the plant out of obscurity.

Read more at: http://news.sciencemag.org/africa/2015/05/rare-african-plant-signals-diamonds-beneath-soil

 

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