A new Christmas tree has been named the Rattlesnakesnake Plant by researchers at the University of Queensland.
The name comes from the species of rattlesnail that lives in the Rattlersnake Reserve on Queensland’s Great Sandbar.
The tree has an unusual name because the plant has a unique symbiotic relationship with a number of different species.
Researchers at the Queensland Museum of Natural History have named the tree Rattlesnarinesnake after the native rattlesneak plant.
The team’s name comes after a long line of rattlersnakes, including the Rattlingtonsnake and the Rattlingsnake Snake.
The Rattlesnasnake is native to South Australia and has been known to be found in the Great Sandbars, where the tree is found.
Professor Ian Hensley, from the Queensland Department of Biological Sciences, said: “The Rattelsnake has an incredible ability to detect the smell of other species.”
It’s very easy to identify, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack, it has a very distinctive smell.
“So we wanted to name it Rattlesnsnakes Tree because it’s such a unique plant and we wanted a name that would be recognisable by all those that come along.”
Professor Hensleys research team included Dr James Pomeroy, a plant ecologist from the University at Albany, and Professor Stephen Bechtol, a botanist at the National University of Singapore.
He said the name was inspired by the fact that the Rattlanesnake had a remarkable ability to sense odours.
“We’ve got to keep our noses to ourselves in the wild because they can tell the difference between a rat and a rattles.”
Professor Pomeroys team is the first to have studied the plant’s biology.
He explained: “It’s not known exactly how the plant detects odours, but it’s certainly not like any other species in the world.”
The plant actually has the ability to communicate with the rest of the plant community and it’s also quite good at sensing light and darkness, and this gives the plant a sense of night time.
“Professor Bechtols team used genetic sequencing to identify the genetic information of the Rattlsnake.”
They can distinguish between odours in terms of their ability to respond to them and the response that they’re responding to,” he said.”
There are some animals that are extremely sensitive to the smell, but the Rattlasnake isn’t one of those animals.
“The study is published in the journal PLOS ONE.