These Trees in Ecuador are reportedly ‘Walking’ up to 20 metres per year

THESE TREESThey might lack the ability to launch a war against the forces of Isengard, or converge for a meeting about what to do about some pesky hobbits, but a species of tree in a remote section of Ecuador can, reportedly, walk.

You heard that right, there’s a very real species of palm tree, Socratea exorrhiza, that can grow new roots to ‘sidestep’ its way to better soil. And not just a little sidestep, either. These mobile trees can travel about 20 metres a year, according toKarl Gruber from the BBC. Or, that’s how the legend goes, but is it true?

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