Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New tree species covers over 3,000 square miles; Ethiopia; 4/24/09

New tree species covers 3100 square miles Houston Chronicle - United States
As many as 10,000 new species of plants, animals and insects are discovered each year, but usually they are isolated individuals or small clusters of specimens hidden away in forests or other isolated areas. Often they are small specimens that are easily overlooked.
But on recent visits to Ethiopia, Swedish botanist Mats Thulin discovered a new species of tree that covers an area of more than 3,100 square miles, an area the size of the island of Crete.

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