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Ancient British tree undergoing 'sex-change'
phys.org ^ | November 2, 2015 | Staff

Posted on 11/02/2015 11:36:43 AM PST by Red Badger

A British tree thought to be up to 5,000 years old has started to change sex, a "rare and unusual" phenomenon not fully understood by scientists, a botanist said Monday.

The Fortingall Yew, in Perthshire, central Scotland has for hundreds of years been recorded as male, but has recently begun sprouting berries, suggesting that at least part of the tree is changing gender.

"It's a rare occurence ... rare and unusual and not fully understood," said Max Coleman of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, who spotted the berries.

"It's thought that there's a shift in the balance of hormone-like compounds that will cause this sex-change. One of the things that might be triggering it is environmental stress."

However, the tree appears healthy, Coleman said, adding that it would now be closely observed for further changes.

The gnarled tree is situated in an old church yard, and is difficult to age because its heartwood—the wood in the centre of the tree—has long rotted away.

Scientists have been able to estimate by comparing its current size with measurements taken in the 1700s.

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Health/Medicine; History; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; caitlynjenner; fortingallyew; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; huntergatherers; perthshire; scotland; scotlandyet; tree
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The Caitlyn Jenner Tree........................Still has wood....................
1 posted on 11/02/2015 11:36:43 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Well, after 5.000 years, who wouldn’t consider a change of pace? Har!


2 posted on 11/02/2015 11:39:10 AM PST by W. (I piss fire and acid upon the militant muslims as they pray to their baby-raping god!)
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To: Red Badger

Has Obama praised the Fortingall Yew for its courage yet?


3 posted on 11/02/2015 11:39:15 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Fred Nerks

5000 year old Tree sex change Ping!


4 posted on 11/02/2015 11:39:59 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Red Badger

Fools equate this stuff to humans, morons.


5 posted on 11/02/2015 11:40:35 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Red Badger

...and not afraid to say, “I love yew.”


6 posted on 11/02/2015 11:41:31 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Red Badger

Hmmmm

Trim off a limb?????


7 posted on 11/02/2015 11:42:39 AM PST by Scrambler Bob (Using 4th keyboard due to wearing out the "/" and "s" on the previous 3)
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To: W.
Well, after 5,000 years, who wouldn't consider a change of pace?

Yew wood.

8 posted on 11/02/2015 11:43:20 AM PST by Charles Henrickson
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To: Red Badger

Still has wood; but probably moods and headaches, too.


9 posted on 11/02/2015 11:43:24 AM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Verginius Rufus; W.

This is not entirely unheard of in the plant world. I read once that a lone marijuana plant, will change it’s sex in the middle of a growing season, if it has no cross pollination.....................


10 posted on 11/02/2015 11:43:38 AM PST by Red Badger (READ MY LIPS: NO MORE BUSHES!...............)
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To: Billthedrill
"...and not afraid to say, “I love yew.”

Fir heaven's sake!

11 posted on 11/02/2015 11:43:39 AM PST by eCSMaster (Hunga Tonga-Hunga.)
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To: Billthedrill

Isle of View.........................


12 posted on 11/02/2015 11:44:11 AM PST by Red Badger (READ MY LIPS: NO MORE BUSHES!...............)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; NFHale; stephenjohnbanker; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; Bender2

LOL.

I guess the tree will be getting an award now?


13 posted on 11/02/2015 11:44:20 AM PST by Impy (They pull a knife, you pull a gun. That's the CHICAGO WAY, and that's how you beat the rats!)
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To: eCSMaster

It’s just pine-ing for the fjords!


14 posted on 11/02/2015 11:46:41 AM PST by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: Red Badger

Livin’ larch.


15 posted on 11/02/2015 11:47:16 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: uglybiker

Good one.


16 posted on 11/02/2015 11:47:57 AM PST by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: Charles Henrickson
Just like the Scots becoming socialist to a man.
17 posted on 11/02/2015 11:48:24 AM PST by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: Billthedrill

Don’t be an ash. Be more poplar.......................


18 posted on 11/02/2015 11:48:55 AM PST by Red Badger (READ MY LIPS: NO MORE BUSHES!...............)
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To: Billthedrill

I should stop reading here. Nobody’s comment can top that. LOL


19 posted on 11/02/2015 11:51:45 AM PST by sparklite2 (All will become clear when it is too late to matter.)
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To: Red Badger

You’re right. I’ve been a beech.


20 posted on 11/02/2015 11:51:49 AM PST by Billthedrill
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