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Rare prehistoric plant in Barnsley seeks female partner

An endangered rare plant is looking for a partner after producing pollen for the first time in a number of years.

A male cycad at Wentworth Castle near Barnsley surprised staff by producing a 2-foot-long cone that opened to reveal thousands of tiny pollen sacks.

Botanical gardens around the UK have been contacted to try and find a female flower to breed it with.

The species which dates back to the time of the dinosaurs is at risk of extinction.

BBC Look North's Phil Bodmer reports.

  • 04 Dec 2015