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The wild spiny aubergine hunt

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Me climbing up the new spiny Solanum tree. There are curved prickles on all the thick branches and getting down again was pretty painful.

 

Much better than yesterday. We found a plant of the new species which I discovered in Kenya in May 2009. It grew in exactly the same type of ecosystem as the Kenyan plants, around 2000 m elevation in the wet mountain, and was surrounded by similar vegetation. But today’s plant was at least 6m tall, with several thick trunks – significantly bigger than anything I saw in Kenya. I will have to edit my description of this species to say that it can become a tree!

 

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View of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area



mariavorontsova

mariavorontsova

Member since: Mar 18, 2010

I'm Maria Vorontsova from the Botany Department. Join me as I head to Tanzania and Kenya to hunt for wild spiny aubergines. I'm looking forward to an interesting journey, some interesting company and some interesting finds.

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