http://metro.co.uk/2015/05/05/this-...here-are-diamonds-beneath-the-ground-5181334/ 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. http://www.mining.com/this-plant-may-be-the-best-diamond-finding-tool-youll-ever-have/ Stephen Haggerty, who specializes in diamond research, has found a new prickly, palm-like plant that seems to grow only on top of kimberlite pipes — columns of volcanic rock hundreds of meters across that extend deep into Earth, which are the source of most of today’s commercial diamonds.