"Our study serves as a vivid reminder that other cryptic carnivores may yet remain to be discovered," noted the researchers behind the discovery.
Studies indicate that the Judean date palm was first cultivated around 7,000 years ago.
The Parc Zoologique de Paris, in France, launched a special exhibit in October bidding visitors to "come meet a fascinating creature, neither plant nor animal nor fungus: the blob."
The American Anthropological Association told Newsweek this could have a "chilling effect" on botanical research.
Researchers have worked out how the plant is able to absorb high quantities of the substance without dying.
"Fairy Lanterns" don't photosynthesize, but instead get their nutrients from fungi.
Cacao plants are one of many that face extinction as climate change alters the environment.
Just like us, leaves respond to changes in sunlight come autumn.
Sandy plants are protected fortresses.