A plant that walks? That’s right! Meet the Walking Palm, also known scientifically as Socratea exorrhiza.
The Walking Palm, a tree native to tropical rainforests in Central and South America, has an unusual root system. It has stilt-like roots that grow up to 6 feet off the ground, which gives the Walking Palm the appearance of having “legs.”
Attracted to the light, the palm will “walk” from shade to sunlight by growing new roots and allowing the old roots to die. But it’s a slow process. Blink and you just might miss it. The tree can move up to 3 feet from its original position over a period of a year.
- The tree, which can grow up to 65 feet fall!
- It is pollinated by beetles and is a source of food for many organisms
- The trunk is often used in home construction.
- The inner parts of the roots are used as a male aphrodisiac