This strange plant only grows where there are diamonds beneath the ground

This strange plant only grows where there are diamonds beneath the ground
This strange plant is thought to only grow where there are huge diamond deposits beneath the ground (Picture Getty)

Garden spades at the ready – geologists have noticed that one particular thorny plant only grows where there are fortunes in diamonds beneath the ground.

A Florida International University researcher believes that the plant – pandanus candelabrum – grows on top of lava pipes, and is an easy way to spot potential diamond mines.

It’s the first species thought to be a pointer to diamond mines – and could make millions for prospectors.

It’s native to Liberia – an African nation rich in diamonds, but ravaged by civil war and a recent Ebola outbreak.

‘Prospectors are going to jump on it like crazy,’ says Steven Shirey, a geologist at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

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5 May 2015 | 8:29 am – Source: metro.co.uk

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