Life as We Know It
Whale of a comeback, dancing cockatoos, sticky bees, and waltzing pond scum
- By Amanda Bensen, Joseph Caputo, T.A. Frail, Laura Helmuth and Abigail Tucker
- Smithsonian magazine, July 2009
Where in the world could millions of 20-foot-tall trees flourish across an area larger than Delaware without scientists noticing them? In remote and war-torn hills between Ethiopia and Somalia. An Uppsala University botanist recently documented, for the first time, Acacia fumosa, a common tree with gray bark and pink flowers. More than 2,000 new species of flowering plants are described worldwide each year, but few are this conspicuous and widespread.