Pando tree - Aspen clonal colony

The Pando tree is a "clonal colony" which means that this whole grove is one living organism that sends up multiple "stems". Each of what we would consider one "tree" is just a part of this giant living organism. These individual "stems" sprout grow to maturity and eventually age and die and fall over but the organism that they are a part of lives on. The largest known clonal colony is this forest of quacking aspens in Colorado that is estimated to have 40,000 stems and to be as old as 80,000 years.

4 comments:

the doc said...

Utah, not Colorado

Linda said...

Utah

M. D. Vaden of Oregon said...

Apparently there is no proof at all for the age, which is "believed" by a handful of people.

In Prairie Creek, I saw a stand or row of curly redwood that are good evidence that redwood clonal stands may exist. I recall about 6 to 8 big redwoods in the row, likely all connected root to root. Others off to the side may be connected too. That was not related to our tree measuring task, so we just moved on. The clonal stand limits are a tangent we don't get involved with. Too much forest, too little time. And not much profit from the hunt anyway.

MDV Redwood Explorer

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