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.