Fact check: Walking Palm Trees in Latin America
Claim: Socratea Exorrhiza walks 20metres in a year
There is conjecture that walking palm trees exist in Latin America, according to an Instagram account with over 910,000 followers under the handle @intfact planet. The user claims to broadcast factual and puzzle videos.
The walking palm, also known as the cashapona or Socratea Exorrhiza, is a palm that is indigenous to tropical Central and South American jungles. Its maximum height is 25 meters, and its maximum stem diameter is 16 cm; however, its normal height is between 15 and 20 meters, with a diameter of 12 cm.
The purpose of its peculiar stilt roots has been a topic of discussion. On palms, a wide variety of epiphyte species have been observed growing. Beetles pollinate the palm, and their seeds or seedlings are consumed by a variety of creatures.
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The theory that Palm Trees walk or move in its literal form has not been proven possible