New Glow-in-the-Dark Palm Tree Discovered

Example of the new, genetically distinct, palm tree species--All photos: Wendy Bishop

Oh my, they’ve discovered a new species of palm tree in Costa Rica!!  What a bio diverse country we live in!!

The new species of palm tree glows in the dark and is guaranteed never to drop a coconut through the roof of your car or onto your beer cooler.  While it’s not very efficient in providing shade, it does represent 300 perfect years of industrial “evolution”.
 
The first species sighting was recorded at Playa Carmen on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula along the country’s Pacific coast.  Presumably the climatic conditions along this stretch of coastline provide a suitable habitat for the tree’s growth and reproduction.  Mathematicians think there is a positive correlation between surfers who want to ride the waves at night and the trees’ presence on this beach.
 
Members from the community of Pavones in southern Costa Rica have asked their local development association to “plant” a few of these stalwart trees along their own beach so that locals and tourist (and I guess sea turtles too) can surf at night.

“I think they’re great for viewing endangered see turtles at night” said one happy marine biologist. “The trees actually allow the visitor the once in a lifetime opportunity to observe these animals in a not-so-natural illuminated habitat.  We’re thinking about pumping in some electronic music to see if the turtles will dance!”, the biologist added.

A grove of new palm trees!!

I’ll award 500 points to the person who comes up with the best scientific name for this new species of palm tree…….and 1,000 points to the first scientist who publishes a paper on the tree’s biology in a peer reviewed scientific journal.

Come to think of it, maybe this tree is just an invasive species brought here accidently from Miami or Cancun or somewhere—it’s so hard to tell these days.
 

Cheers from San Jose,
Andy Bystrom
abystrom1@yahoo.com

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One Response to “New Glow-in-the-Dark Palm Tree Discovered”
  1. They should paint the old trees the same color as the new glow in the dark palms.

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