Category Archives: Palms

Pilgrimage to an ecological mecca – the Connell plot

Ecologists are pious nerds, and from time to time we embark on pilgrimages to visit sites of ecological significance. This post is on one such site. The year 1978 marked a significant advance in ecological science. It was the year that saw … Continue reading

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Chewing betel nuts – a foray into an ancient practice

Culture catches up with me The chewing of betel nuts (Areca catechu) is a very ancient practice in Asia, and there is some evidence that suggests that this practice has been around for some 4000 years or so. Having grown … Continue reading

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A lifetime of celibacy for one big blossoming – the Talipot extravaganza

Imagine spending a lifetime celibate and then indulging just once in a massive orgy – the single event that will claim your life. Quite a number of animals do this – Salmon is a well known example. Some plants do … Continue reading

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