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Oldest Living Plant

rgw rgw at office-futures.com
Mon Jul 28 02:59:22 EST 1997


> The oldest figure I've come across is 9,000 years, from the book "An
> Island Called California" by Elna Bakker.  The book is several years
> old, so maybe an older date has been found since then.  I'd be
> interested if anyone knew of a reputable source for an older age.

 . .

> > > OLDEST PLANT:  Reuters reports that Australian botanists have found
> > the
> > > world's oldest living plant.  Carbon dating has determined that a
> > > naturally cloned shrub called Lomatia tasmania, or King's Holly
> > found
> > > in wilderness on the Australian island of Tasmania is 43,000 years
> > old.
> > >  Until this finding, botanists had thought that the oldest living
> > plant
> > > was a 13,000-year-old huckleberry found in the United States.

You have answered your own question, twice. Don't you read your own 
messages?

Roger

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