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Mysterious bamboo regeneration baffles scientists forward of once-in-a-century blooming occasion

A shoot of henon bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis) earlier than flowering.  (Picture credit score: Paul Starosta/Getty Photographs)

An uncommon species of bamboo is about to flower for the primary time in over 100 years, which might allow researchers to seek out out extra about its mysterious regeneration course of. 

Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis, or henon bamboo, flowers solely as soon as each 120 years earlier than perishing. The present era of this species is predicted to flower in 2028. Nonetheless, researchers from Hiroshima College in Japan observed that a couple of native specimens had begun to flower early — and so they took the chance to review this enigmatic species.

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