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Old Trees & New Growth in Sequoia National Forest

January 31, 2013
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Botanic Superlatives: The Oldest Forest

March 09, 2012
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We're only two months in, and already it's proving to be a year of ancient botanic superlatives. First, there was the resurrection of a 32,000 year-old campion flower. Now, scientists have excavated a 385 million-year old forest, believed to be the world's oldest.

Botanic Notables: Florida's 'The Senator' Cypress

February 10, 2012
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Last month, a fire destroyed an ancient tree in central Florida. At 3,500 years old, the Senator was one of the oldest bald cypress trees in the world, and, at 118 feet, one of the tallest east of the Mississippi. The tree was already 3,000 years old when Ponce de Leon named the land La Florida and it was a popular tourist attraction long before Walt Disney built his theme parks.