World’s oldest tree in California


Palmer's oak

By Michael Reilly in the USA:

Ancient tree (almost) older than dirt

Tree in California survives for more than 13,000 years

updated 12:47 p.m. ET Dec. 23, 2009

At the top of a small hill in suburban southern California, there is what appears to be a thicket of stunted, gnarled oak trees wedged between a pile of boulders. A passerby would likely miss this ancient, biological wonder.

The entire grove of trunks is in fact one plant, a newly discovered Palmer’s oak (Quercus palmeri) that researchers estimate is over 13,000 years old, making it one of the oldest plants on Earth.

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