*not clonal


Árbol Pando

El árbol Pando es una colonia clonal surgida a partir de un único álamo temblón masculino (Populus tremuloides) localizada en el estado norteamericano de Utah. Todas las raíces de cada tallo emergen como una sola. En otras palabras, el árbol es, al mismo tiempo, un bosque.

Se estima que la planta pesa de forma colectiva aproximadamente unas 6000 toneladas (6615 toneladas), lo que la convierte en el organismo viviente más pesado.


4,800+ Year Old Tree

Prometheus was the oldest known non-clonal organism, a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine tree growing near the tree line on Wheeler Peak in eastern Nevada, United States. The tree, which was at least 4862 years old and possibly more than 5000, was cut down in 1964 by a graduate student and United States Forest Service personnel for research purposes. (Source)

what if EVERY OTHER SPACEFARING RACE were clonal or reproduced parthenogenetically. what if every single other spacefaring race got along and trusted each other and could cohere as empires or governments or principalities because they were all the same, that’s how they all drew together to get off their planets, by having extinguished somewhere back in the mists of pre-asccension time all their homeworlds’ other lineages of competitors, and only met people different from them after having come to sturdy social maturity among the stars

what if we’re the only sexual species to ever make it up there

what if we really truly deeply freak every other race in the galaxy out with our unpredictabilities and differences–what if they slowly and painstakingly decide they get along with ONE human, and then agonize over family lines and surreptitiously-filched DNA samples and insist somewhat pathetically on only doing business with people who’ve got similar immunohistocompatibility complexes as that one. they heist their way into the global bone marrow donor’s database for possible other humans to do business with

Like they DEFINITELY don’t trust family lines, the allellic reassortment of sexual procreation. They’ve got a deep-seated taboo against acknowledging the relatedness of our children to their parents–so different from what they ought to be; misborn; all wrong–but they know they can’t raise sane clones of us on their own. Maybe a whole entire other species decides they’ll only hire humans whose blood type is A+, because being able to share that fluid is not only a workplace safety issue but the powerfully symbolic interchangeability soothes their revulsion towards what would otherwise be a heterogeneous human workforce??

I just think it would be neat for aliens to be SUPER FAR-REACHING-IMPLICATIONS PREJUDICED AGAINST SEXUAL REPRODUCTION but for about every reason possible besides the mechanics of having the sex, because most all of them are like whiptail lizards and OBVIOUSLY thinking beings shouldn’t be prevented from having sex. they just think we’re as disconcerting and threatening on a fundamental level as we think the queen Alien with all her thousands of eggs from Alien is.

*narrows eyes*

So, I just spent 30 minutes learning about rotational kinetic energy and how to compute it into joules and another 30 minutes learning about clonal fragmentation, the asexual reproductive method of echinoderms for a Supercat story.

Why must I be this way?  Why can’t I just half-ass it or something?

Must the science be accurate???

(Spoiler alert: the answer is “Yes.”)


Tissue culture is a method of clonally propagating a plant of interest. Plant tissues naturally contain meristematic cells which have not yet become organ specific, meaning they can become root, shoot, or leaf cells depending on the environment. By adjusting the ratio of plant hormones in your growth media, namely auxins and cytokinins, you can control what kind of tissue the meristematic cells begin to form. This allows for the generation of multiple new plants from a single cutting, allowing for exponential growth of your plant of interest.

Pictured above are new shoots emerging from cotyledon and leaf cuttings of Stanleya pinnata and Stanleya elata in the family Brassicaceae.

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Clonal lines of Stanleya pinnata moved from tissue culture to our hydroponic set up in the lab. Stanleya pinnata has the amazing ability to take up extremely high concentrations of the toxic element selenium. However, not every plant in the wild has the same capacity for selenium hyperaccumulation, which may be due to genetic differences among plant populations. By generating individual clonal lines of these plants and measuring the amount of selenium they can accumulate, we can better determine what role genetics plays in selenium hyperaccumulation!


Egyptian Walking Onions / Tree Onions

Allium xproliferum

This package contains 5 bulblets of ‘Moritz,’ 'Catawissa,’ and 'Amish’ perennial tree onions (a.k.a. Egyptian Walking Onions). These plants are unique in that they will multiply below the soil, as well as producing clonal bulblets instead of flowers. When the stalks containing bulblets fall over, they re-plant themselves, giving the appearance that the onion is 'walking’ around the garden.

Egyptian walking Onions (Allium ×proliferum) were first documented in Europe in 1587: they are a hybrid of the Common Onion (Allium cepa) and Japanese Bunching Onion (Allium fistulosum), which has occured independently on a number of occassions, resulting in a number of different cultivars. The moniker ‘Egyptian’ is attached to them, because there is a theory that some were brought to Europe by nomadic Romani people (who were often mistakenly called Egyptians).

Walking Onions have long been cultivated in Japan, where they are called 'kitsune negi’ ('foxy’ or 'mysterious’ onion). A few cultivars were brought to Canada by early French colonists (which is why they are sometimes called “Canada Onions”), and from there, they were distributed around North America, and back to Europe.

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Double-Flowering Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) seeds

Bushcraft, homesteading, and survivalism folks: this pretty pink flower is for you.

Also known as ‘Bouncing Bet,’ this European native has long been naturalised in North America and other parts of the temperate world, as it is an extremely useful patch-forming perennial that thrives in poor, dry, or rocky soils.

The roots have an approximately 20% saponin concentration, so they can be soaked in water and used as a natural surfactant. This means they can be used as soap, detergent, insecticide, and to poison fish (not that many people fish that way these days)!

The flowers are pollinator-attracting, and the plant itself will spread rhizomatically forming monotypic clonal patches. Harvesting is in order to keep the plant from overtaking an area.

Though this plant is widely-grown and naturalised outside of Europe, do your due diligence and check your local invasive species registries before ordering.

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Pteridium aquilinum is in the family Dennstaedtiaceae. Commonly known as bracken fern, it is widespread across the Northern Hemisphere. This species readily colonises disturbed areas where it can form large clonal populations. Bracken fern has the ability to inhibit the growth of plants in close proximity by releasing chemicals in the soil; a process known as allelopathy.

Bracken fern is also highly toxic to animals, containing a number of dangerous compounds such as cyanide, and the carcinogen ptaquiloside. Follow for more plant facts and photos!

Methuselah Tree

Methuselah is a 4,847-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine tree growing high in the White Mountains of Inyo County in eastern California. For many years it was the world’s oldest known living non-clonal organism, until superseded by the discovery in 2013 of another bristlecone pine in the same area with an age of 5,064 years (germination in 3051 BC)
Though this picture isn’t the actual Methuselah tree, that tree came to mind when I saw this…

Pando (Latin for “I spread”), also known as The Trembling Giant, is a clonal colony of a single male quaking aspen determined to be a single living organism by identical genetic markers and assumed to have one massive underground root system.

The plant is estimated to weigh collectively 6,000,000 kg (6,600 short tons), making it the heaviest known organism. The root system of Pando, at an estimated 80,000 years old, is among the oldest known living organisms.