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    #2022188 - 10/19/03 08:28 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Oldest Living Thing on Earth?

What may be the oldest, continuously living plant is a shrub which has been cloning itself along the gullies of a remote mountain in southwestern Tasmania for an estimated 40,000 years. The shrub, called King's Holly (Lomatia tasmanica), is spread over about 1.5 kilometres of two secluded gullies and is up to 8 metres tall. The clone contains the only known specimens of the plant. The Guinness Book of Records says the oldest plant is the King Clone of creosote bush (California) which is estimated to be 11,700 years old.

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    #2023476 - 10/19/03 08:52 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

40,000 years thats amazing, truly amazing what nature can do.

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    #2025369 - 10/20/03 01:47 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

if it was cloning itself then it isn't really the original living plant.  this is how i make sense of that...does this seem to be right to anyone else?  don't get me wrong, quite amazing still :ooo:


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    #2025388 - 10/20/03 01:52 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

When i think of old stuff i think of Redwood Trees, continuous. I could clone a mint plant indefinitely, and pretty much mint does that on it's own, dies out over winter, comes right back up and spreads like weeds.

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    #2036768 - 10/23/03 05:45 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

what about the great barrior reaf..

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    #2036950 - 10/23/03 06:46 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Here's some more info on the oldest living plants and other botanical record breakers. Fascinating stuff.

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