Oldest Living Plant

Bryan Ness bness at puc.edu
Mon Jul 28 01:37:41 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.

Bryan

#gondwana wrote:

> Regarding the posting below, I can't quote a source at this moment,
> but
> I had heard that crosote bushes in the California Mojave desert form
> outwardly growing rings which expand over the millenia, and one in
> particular was (as I recall) well over 60,000 years old.
>
> Can anyone confirm this?
>
> DD
>
> Mark Feider wrote:
> >
> > Subject: Re: Oldest living plant?
> > Reply-To: jheinis at nettally.com
> >      To: raquel guerra <rguerra at haverford.edu>
> >
> > raquel guerra wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi!
> > >
> > > I over heard on the news this morning that scientist have
> > > discovered the oldest known living plant in Tasmania--does anyone
> > > have any info on this?  I would really appreicate it!
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > >
> > > Raquel
> > I don't really know, but there are some pretty old Cycads in
> Australia,
> > One I remember is called Metazamia.
> > I saw some big cycads in Darwin just a couple of weeks ago.
> >
> > So, try Metazamia.
> > (Acutally some desert plants may even be older - in SW USA)
> > JULIUS
> >
> > Greetings:
> > Here is some information regarding your question regarding recent
> reports on
> > the worlds oldest plant; taken from the following source....
> >
> > GREENLines, Tues., July 15, 1997 from GREEN,
> > the Grassroots Environmental Effectiveness Network,
> > A project of Defenders of Wildlife.
> > (202)789-2844x290 or email rfeather at clark.net
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > Glad to share this with you,
> >
> > Mark Feider






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