Socratea exorrhiza - the Walking Palm

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Socratea exorrhiza - the Walking Palm

Imagine a tree, or palm, that can walk to a better place for more sunlight. it exists!

Socratea exorrhiza, the Walking Palm, is a palm native to rainforests in tropical Central and South America. Its common name arises from the fact that the tree's stilt roots enable it to slowly shift position, up to 1 meter a year to get more sunlight.

This tree grows to 12 meters in height. Its trunk is used in the construction of houses and other structures. It is usually split length-wise before it is used, but it can also be hollowed out and used as a tube.

The inner part of the stilt roots is used as a male aphrodisiac.

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By netchicken: posted on 20-1-2009








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