The highest tree of Africa

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The highest tree of Africa grows on Mount Kilimanjaro. Height of an entandrofragma of high (Entandrophragma excelsum) — 81,5 meters.

Though the sizes of the African giant strike, to the world champion — an evergreen sequoia (Sequoia sempervirens) Hyperion — to him is far. The huge sequoia from California towers on 115,2 meters.

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Earlier was considered that height of trees endemics of Africa doesn’t exceed 65 meters. Therefore till 2006 monasteries of the champion on height stayed at an individual of a willow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus saligna) brought from Australia. On height the eucalyptus is equal to an entandrofragma, but the last — an endemic look which grows only in Africa.

The German scientists investigated slopes of Kilimanjaro two decades. At the height of 1,4-2,1 thousand meters 8 copies of an entandrofragma, more than 60 meters high were found. Earlier was considered that entandrofragma don’t happen higher than 55 meters.

Age of trees — from 150 to 600 years. To the champion on height among the African trees — 470 years.

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