As S.E. Hinton warned us, nothing gold can stay. The MoPac Boulevard palm tree, that most adorable and scrappy of all roadside flora, appears to have been somehow uprooted.
According to a redditor over at r/Austin, the little fronds that could are no more, apparently for around a month. The picture was taken around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the original poster.
The adorable and improbable member of the Arecaceae botanical family had been growing on the left-hand southbound lane, between Westover and Windsor roads.
“Of course TxDOT isn't gonna let a freaking tree grow next to the mainlands of a controlled access highway,” redditor u/tviolet commented. “It'd be unsafe if anyone ever had the rare opportunity to drive faster than 20 mph. If you post it here, it's gonna get removed.”
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Redditor u/Cellbeep says that hope yet lives: “However, Son of MoPalm lives on the other side of the barricade at an undisclosed location, as does MoPlant growing out of one of the metal traffic signal poles.”
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