Popular palm belongs to new genus, say scientists

A Caribbean palm, popular in southern Florida, known as the Keys thatch palm, has been identified as belonging to a new genus, the UK’s Guardian newspaper reports.

The palm, previously known as Thrinax morrisii, is now classified as Leucothrinax morrisii – the only species in the new genus.

US researchers moved the palm to its new classification after analysing its DNA.

Source: Guardian newspaper

Date: 20/08/2008


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