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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:04

One Of The Oldest Trees In Europe Is An Intersex Tree

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The 3,000-year-old Yew tree, which is located in Fortingall in Perthshire, Scotland, has been identified as a male and therefore producing only pollen. This year, one of its branches produced berries that only the female trees produce. So the media immediately described this as "sex change", identifying it so as a transgender tree while it is more an intersex tree.

fortingall yew tree berries

A specialist, Dr. Max Coleman of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, explained that this species of tree is either male or female.

"Yews are normally either male or female and in autumn and winter sexing yews is generally easy.

"Males have small spherical structures that release clouds of pollen when they mature. Females hold bright red berries from autumn into winter."

In fact, we may not know it but there are many species of plants that are hermaphrodite, male and female, others also regularly perform sex changes.

"Some trees, like ash, can routinely change sex. Others, like yew, do this very rarely," Coleman said. "We don’t fully understand why, but it probably has to do with maximizing the chances of reproduction and could be in response to environmental triggers, age or simply pure chance."

Coleman also added that intersexuality of the Fortingall Yew Tree would have already manifested. A woman has indeed contacted him after seeing the news in the media, stating that she had observed a female branch in 1996, it would seem, moreover, that it is the same branch.

In any case, we wish to the Fortingall Yew Tree to continue to be well and to show the world that there are not only two genders on this planet.


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