"The greatest amount of life can be supported by great diversification of structure." Charles Darwin

Friday, May 23, 2014

Here present the longest-living organism on this planet: It's a plant!

It is somewhat not surprising that plants are among those longest-living organisms. The Hatch Tree (Pinus longaeva) found in White Mountains, California, has a verified age of 5,063 years, and is the longest-living nonclonal organism on Earth. 

Another interesting species, Llareta (Azzorella compacta), a member of the celery family, native to South America can also live up to thousands of years. It is a very slow-growing plant, which grows approximately 1.5 centimeters per year.
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Why certain plants can live up to thousands of years is a great question posed to modern biologists. Can we learn from these amazing organisms to benefit the well-being of mankind?