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Saniya Shanawaz Petkar Sunday, November 20, 2022
Walking Tree-

Have you ever heard about a walking tree? The amazing ambulatory of the walking tree has been told by rainforests guides to tourists for years, and appears in many sources as an amazing plant adaptation.

A special palm tree, found in Latin America. These trees moves two or three centimeters per day about 20 meters in a year. It is named the Socratea Exorrihiza or simply, the walking Palm tree. Normally they are 15-20m tall and their diameter is about 16 cm.The roots of normal trees are under the ground but the roots of these walking palm trees are a bit above the ground that gives, the tree a broom-like appearance. In the dense forests where these trees are found, it is quite difficult for these trees to get sunlight. So these trees have to “walk” to the areas with more light. The mechanism of “walking” is so simple that the roots of the tree grow on the side with more light. And the old roots are abandoned but some scientists believe that it can’t be termed “walking”. Due to the growing process of the tree, it can move from one place to another and technically it’s not walking. A tree that walks in search of the sun is a fascinating, bizarre story. Alas, it's also not true; the tree is real enough, but it doesn't walk — or even stumble. It sits where it sprouted, not moving except under the force of wind (or an axe). The walking tree can't walk because its roots don't move. A few roots on one side or another may die off, but the trunk itself remains, well, rooted to the spot. There are many natural beauties in this world and I would be glad to see if I do get a chance to see one of this.










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