Zwei Exemplare einer bisher unbekannten Baumart (Sorbus pseudomeincichii) wurden auf der Isle of Arran (Schottland) entdeckt.
Graeme Walker, of SNH, said recent research into the genetics of whitebeam trees had shown that the population was much more diverse than previously thought.
“These are unique trees which are native to Arran and not found anywhere else in the world,” he said.
“We knew about the Arran whitebeam and the cut-leaved Arran whitebeam, which are also crosses between rowan and different species of whitebeam, but it has been really exciting to discover a completely new species.
“It is very complex picture but we think that the Arran whitebeams are gradually evolving towards a new type of tree which will probably look very similar to a rowan.”
Besonders interessant finde ich die Aussage “the Arran whitebeams are gradually evolving towards a new type of tree”. Schön zu sehen, dass die Natur noch lange nicht am ende angekommen ist!