Sebertia acuminata: A Hyperaccumulator of Nickel from New Caledonia

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Science  13 Aug 1976:
Vol. 193, Issue 4253, pp. 579-580
DOI: 10.1126/science.193.4253.579


Sebertia acuminata (Sapotaceae) from New Caledonia has been shown to be a hyperaccumulator of nickel. The nickel content of the latex (25.74 percent on a dry weight basis) is easily the highest nickel concentration ever found in living material. The nickel is in the form of a low-molecular-weight, water-soluble organic complex.