Sunday, June 20, 2010

New species: Cameroon's lovely new tree

New tree species are not as uncommon as you'd think. But huge, distinctive tree species? Meet Berlinia korupensis from Cameroon. It has lovely white flowers, seed pods which burst in spectacular fashions, and a known population of just 17 individuals. Add to those qualities its sheer size - up to 42m high with a trunk a meter thick - and it certainly qualifies as one of the most striking new species of the year.

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