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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Parasitic Plants Might Invade Your Yard

A very rare parasitic plant that was first discovered in Mexico in 1985 has been rediscovered.

George Yatskievych of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Says the odd plant, that is unable to photosynthesize, is an completly new species and is a member of the Orobanchaceae family. Here is the interesting part, Plants of this type attach themselves to the roots of other plants to survive.

Dr. Yatskievych plans to publish his research later this year and will propose calling the plant Eremitilla Mexicana, which means "little hermit of Mexico."

My random thought: I think its pretty interesting new species of plants are emerging, however I really hope a lot of these don't start popping up all over the world.