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Stilt-Root Walking by an Iriateoid Palm in the Peruvian Amazon
John H. Bodley and Foley C. Benson
Vol. 12, No. 1 (Mar., 1980), pp. 67-71
Published by: Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2387775
Page Count: 5
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The aerial stilt roots of Socratea exorrhiza allow this palm literally to pick itself up and "walk" out from under fallen limbs and obstacles that are major hazards for immature palms. The lower trunk and older roots rot away and are left behind as the tree sends out new roots and moves away from its germination point.
Biotropica © 1980 Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation