Posted on Thursday, 12 May, 2011 | 21 comments| News tip by: Bracket
Image credit: CC 3.0 Michael Wild
In 1895 John Medley Wood came across an unusual tree in Africa - the rare and ancient E. woodii.
Wood sent a stems of the tree back to London where it stayed for the next 98 years. Today this tree is thought to be the last of its kind, once a staple of forests worldwide when dinosaurs ruled the planet today it is a relic outside of its time. While clones of the plant have been made it cannot properly reproduce as no female variety of it is known to exist anywhere in the world.
"Named E. woodii, in Dr Wood's honor, it is a cycad."