Hi Erwin, re your statement above: “3000 Red Cabbage Palms …

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Hi Erwin, re your statement above: “3000 Red Cabbage Palms which have their origins in Central Australia‚Äôs tropical past, survivors in a true oasis now surrounded by harsh dryness.” This idea of the origin of the palms is now under question, in a way that makes them possibly an even more interesting phenomenon. I quote from an article from CSIRO scientists posted on The Conversation (education) website:
“The red cabbage palm, Livistona mariae, has long been thought to be a survivor from a wetter climate, hanging on in a damp micro-habitat in Palm Valley (Finke River) near Alice Springs. That story was demolished earlier this year, when it was found that the palm is a relative new-comer, having arrived a mere 15,000-30,000 years ago.
The overwhelming evidence points to Aboriginal people bringing the red cabbage palm to Palm Valley. This palm is only found in the Finke River region, although it is very closely related to another palm over 1000km to the north, with whom it shares a common ancestor.”
I think this could make Palm Valley an even more attractive destination. Not sure about your monorail ideas, might be cheap to buy, but not to transport and erect and run … why not encourage indigenous 4WD operators out of Hermannsburg? Cultural and natural history tours. Something our new government to think about?
http://theconversation.edu.au/what-is-a-native-and-why-should-we-care-9053

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