Tuesday, June 12, 2012

News at Eleven (Back Page): "I think: This little seed has been evolving

for 90 million years," Mr. [W.S.] Merwin continues, "and it knows how to be itself in its own place, which is Ceram. It doesn't know about Hawaii. We know a certain amount about DNA, but nothing about that. And the seed knows all these things. The fascinating thing about growing palms is that they evolved in deserts and at the top of the Andes. Dypsis musicalis grows only in the running streams of Madagascar, where the water sings as it flows through the roots. The range of genetic materials is vast."

from The Wall Street Journal: On the Palms From His Hands


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