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Friday, October 17, 2008

Big-Ass Plant Becomes MOBOT’s Six-Millionth Specimen

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 4:57 PM

A gigantic, brand-new aroid from Ecuador entered the Missouri Botanical Garden’s permanent collection today, becoming the six-millionth (is that a word?) new plant specimen found and classified by MOBOT researchers.

Dr. Tom Croat is pictured here with the aroid, which he found in late 2007 and recently determined to be a new species.

Check out a photo of the giant plant (with a leaf as large as your body) after the jump.

As botanists go, Croat is something of a cowboy. In 41 years of scouring far-off landscapes, he's collected 100,000 new plants, making him the fourth most prolific plant collector in the history of botany, according to MOBOT.

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Croat was a main character in a January 2005 RFT feature, "Flower Power."

- Kristen Hinman

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