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12 of the World’s Most Gigantic Plants [Copy link] 中文

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8)  Giant Sequoia Tree, US

Also known as the Sierra Redwood, these amazingly tall trees occur naturally only on the west coast of the United States.

Growing as high as 85 meters (279 ft) and as wide as 8 meters (26 ft) in diameter, redwood trees and their forests are popular tourist attractions thanks to their epic proportions.

The tallest and most famous of the redwoods, the General Sherman tree, is located in California’s Sequoia National Park and is believed to be over 2,000 years old.

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9) Cardón Cactus, Mexico

When you picture a desert cactus you should know that the Cardón cactus is the king of them all.

Found mostly on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, this giant cactus can live well over 300 years and grow up to 19 meters (62 ft).

Traditionally the fruit of the Cardón was eaten by native peoples in Mexico and it is thought that the flesh of the cactus can be used as a psychoactive drug for use in ritual.

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10) Baobab Tree, Africa

Found across the savannahs of Africa, this unique tree has inspired many nicknames from bottle tree to upside-down tree to the Tree of Life.

Its sturdy, stout, fire resistant trunk can be as wide as 11 meters (36 ft) and often hollow, which provides living space for animals as well as humans—some trees have even been turned into barns or bars!

Known to be as many as 2,000 years old, baobab trees are thought to have mythical protective powers.

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11) Pumpkins, North America

For something a bit more appetizing, the pumpkin is known as the world’s largest vegetable.

Thought to originate in North America, pumpkins are now cultivated all over the world for taste as well as size.

Weigh-off competitions are a popular festival activity and the current record was set in October 2010, with a Wisconsin giant pumpkin weighing in at 1,810 pounds (821kg).

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12) Montezuma Cypress, Mexico

The national tree of Mexico can grow as wide as 3 meters (9 ft) in diameter and as tall as 40 meters (130 ft).

The Arból de Tule, located on the church grounds in a town in Oaxaca is the world’s second widest tree with a circumference of 36.2 meters (119 ft).

It was placed on UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites in 2001.

Montezuma cypresses are sacred to Mexico’s native peoples and thought to represent a ruler’s authority.

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great pics!
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Awesome thread!

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