Mountain Ashes attain 500 years of age

Classical texts tell us that the Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans), one of the world’s largest flowering plants can attain an age of perhaps 350-450 years. Using dendrochronological methods and radiocarbon dating, Sam Wood from the Forest Ecology Lab has found evidence that these giants attain an age of 500 years.

Prof. David Bowman also appears in the news clip discussing the role of fire in the regeneration of the giants.

And the trees that Sam examined were probably not the oldest!

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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