Scientists at the University of Sydney have announced that they may have found another, what would be a fourth, species of cannabis in the Blue Mountains of Australia. The discovery took place back in 2010 when a group of hikers found a plant that resembled cannabis. From there, a series of tests were conducted on the plant that proved it to be cannabis.
“When we first received the plant, we were very skeptical about its relation to cannabis,” says researcher Christopher Pool. “It has somewhat similar growth structure but the leaves look nothing like cannabis leaves.”
But the results of the test showed that it was indeed cannabis, and that this species is resistant to freezing temperatures. The plant also grows more like a shrub than the archetypal candelabra shape of most cannabis strains.
Cannabis growers worldwide are excited about this discovery, and some have been offering the researchers $2,000 for a single seed. But according to Pool, they don’t actually have any seeds. Just the one plant. They have been unable to find another like it.
Currently, researchers are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information on there whereabouts of additional plants.