2000-year-old Tree of Life in South Africa [Amazing Photo of the Day]

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Known as Baobab (Tree of Life) in South Africa, the above tree is 2000-years-old. And it must be fed well, ’cause it’s a big sucker.

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  1. Peter

    [@Darcy] Wow! 8*10^4 years! For me, just being a dumb layman it is hard to understand that an organism can survive such a long time without mutations (there have been significant climate changes during its lifetime). Facts like these make me feel humbled. “Pride of creation” — Phhh LOL

  2. Darcy

    Definitely old, and huge. It doesn’t hold the record though. The Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) holds that record. It’s native to Utah, Nevada and Eastern California and found in regions between 5,600 and 11,200 ft. The currently known oldest tree on Earth is 5063 years old. It’s exact location is a closely guarded secret since someone chopped down the previous record holder. It’s actually a fairly recent discovery.

    The one previously thought to be the oldest tree on earth is a Bristlecone Pine called “Methuselah” 4,841 years old: http://www.mnn.com/sites/default/files/styles/node-gallery-display/public/METHUSELAH.jpg

    Other, longer-lived discoveries are clonal colony organisms, such as the 80,000-year-old Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) clonal colony named “Pando” in the Fish Lake National Forest in south-central Utah. 11,700-year- old Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) clonal colony, named “King Clone”, in the Mojave Desert near the Lucerne Valley in California; and the 9,500-year-old Norway spruce (Picea abies) clonal colony named “Old Tjikko” in Sweden.