Botanists are of the opinion that the Isle of Wight contains a palm tree of prehistoric origin which has recently produced cones of both genders. It is believed that climate change is the major reason behind the flowering and flourishing of this tree, which used to be extremely prevalent on Earth nearly 250 million years ago. The tree is situated in the Ventnor Botanic Gardens.
One of the reasons climate change affects this palm is because the Gardens has a temperature difference of nearly 5 degrees with the rest of England. Incidentally, this is the second warmest place in all of the United Kingdom, behind the Isles of Scilly. Liz Walker of the abovementioned garden is quite excited to find out about the different seeds that might come up after the pollen is transferred.
She also believes that this could be considered as conclusive proof that climate change exists. For, this plant had no chance of growing in the temperate regions of the UK, and it is the heatwave of the last few months which has led to its growth.
This plant’s other known name is the Japanese Sago Palm, scientifically referred to as Cycas revoluta. It was prevalent in the Jurassic times and found in the steep cliffs of limestone, which gave rise to the UK. The Jurassic period had a large amount of CO2 in its atmosphere which led to the plant flourishing. Could it be possible that the carbon emissions have gone up so high so as to facilitate the growth of such plants yet again?
The curator of the Gardens, Chris Kidd told CNN that the cycads were grown to experiment on, something that was unheard of a decade and a half ago. While this cone was extremely widespread before the evolution which made plants flowered, now it is simply used as an ornament in British homes.
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Kidd mentions that 15 years ago, the cycad not only survived the harsh English winter but also grew leaves. Half a decade back, a cycad of masculine nature produced something akin to a cone, which was not expected. And recently, in an even more surprising turn of events, both genders producing cones.
There has been the presence of prehistoric cycads fossilized near the reproducing cycads. Yet, due to a considerable distance between them, biologists and scientists have to manually transfer their pollen from one place to the other.