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Wed Jun 1, 2022, 11:49 AM Jun 2022

Scientists Find World's Largest Plant In Australia

Source: Huffington Post

Researchers were stunned when they discovered a species of seagrass had effectively cloned itself for 4,500 years and covered nearly 80 square miles.

Nick Visser
Jun. 1, 2022, 04:22 AM EDT | Updated 5 hours ago

SYDNEY ― Researchers have made a startling discovery beneath the waters off Western Australia. A meadow of sea grass stretching more than 110 miles long was actually a single plant that had spent the past 4,500 years cloning itself to carpet an area three times larger than Manhattan.

The findings, published Wednesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, make the colony of Posidonia australis, or ribbon weed, the largest known plant on Earth, scientists said.

Elizabeth Sinclair, a senior research fellow at the University of Western Australia and a lead author of the study, said her team has been testing seagrass meadows around Australia for genetic diversity for years to see how they respond to climate change. When her team visited an area known as Shark Bay, a relatively pristine landscape untouched by development, they went beneath the waves to collect samples of seagrass to see what types of plants were growing across the ocean floor.

The answer was one.

“It’s quite bizarre when you think about it, there’s this plant in one end of the bay and then you move 100 kilometers down to the other end and it’s the same plant,” Sinclair said.

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/worlds-largest-plant_n_629707bde4b090b53b7ed338

Wow !!

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Scientists Find World's Largest Plant In Australia (Original Post) TeamProg Jun 2022 OP
;-{)🖖‍ Goonch Jun 2022 #1
Damn The Magistrate Jun 2022 #2
Australia is an astonishing place Hekate Jun 2022 #3
Very impressive sdfernando Jun 2022 #4
BREAKING: Australians Planning World's Largest Salad Effete Snob Jun 2022 #5
Ha ha ha! Excellent. TeamProg Jun 2022 #6
Better start running if that thing Wednesdays Jun 2022 #7
🤣🤣🤣 live love laugh Jun 2022 #22
And biologists find the world's largest sphincter Jerry2144 Jun 2022 #8
Ha ha! Love that! Bluepinky Jun 2022 #14
"seagrass meadows" Botany Jun 2022 #9
K & R...nt Wounded Bear Jun 2022 #10
Wow, what a garden wendyb-NC Jun 2022 #11
Gorgeous Joinfortmill Jun 2022 #12
Wow! So cool! eom LittleGirl Jun 2022 #13
4500 years!!!! DFW Jun 2022 #15
Heh! electric_blue68 Jun 2022 #20
I think that beats the record for a single grove of connected aspen trees Bayard Jun 2022 #16
It is beautiful! I love purple and green combo as well. mysteryowl Jun 2022 #17
Yes EndlessWire Jun 2022 #25
I'm glad it's underwater 867-5309. Jun 2022 #18
That dwarfs the Oregon fungus central scrutinizer Jun 2022 #19
🤔 I think there's a whole "forest" of Quaking Aspen in CO that's a single plant. electric_blue68 Jun 2022 #21
Republicans will find a way to kill it. live love laugh Jun 2022 #23
LOL! n/t EndlessWire Jun 2022 #24


(3,421 posts)
11. Wow, what a garden
Wed Jun 1, 2022, 01:28 PM
Jun 2022

That's fascinating. Thanks, for sharing the article. This planet has so many incredible creatures.


(22,614 posts)
16. I think that beats the record for a single grove of connected aspen trees
Wed Jun 1, 2022, 04:09 PM
Jun 2022

At 80,000 years old, and 100+ acres.

Such an amazing world being squandered....


(6,713 posts)
25. Yes
Thu Jun 2, 2022, 01:17 PM
Jun 2022

but why does it have purple flowers? Who is it trying to impress?

Can this plant live above the water line? Did they sample it? Is it under lock and chain to keep it from spreading? What was that area like 4,500 years ago? Is this the result of somebody tossing out their "dead" plant?

It IS beautiful.

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