Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Scientists Find Europe's Oldest Living Tree In Greece

A Bosnian pine living in the highlands of Greece appears to be more than 1,075 years old, making it the oldest known living tree in Europe. Scientists determined the age by counting its annual rings. They've named it 'Adonis,' after the Greek god of beauty and desire.

The tree lives in a barren alpine landscape at the upper limit of the tree line, along with about a dozen other aging members of its species, Pinus heldreichii. Adonis itself sports the twisted, spiral trunk and the thinning of leaves on top that characterize aged trees.

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