World's largest plant discovered off Australia's west coast
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The world's largest plant has recently been discovered off the west coast of Australia, it is a sea grass with a length of 180 km.
About the plant
The name of the discovered plant is Posidonia australis or ribbon weed.
It has been discovered in Shark Bay by a group of researchers from Flinders University and The University of Western Australia.
Researchers have also found that the plant is 4,500 years old, is sterile, and has double the number of chromosomes than other similar plants.
The plant has managed to survive in the volatile atmosphere of the shallow Shark Bay.
Posidonia australis covers an area of 20,000 hectares.
The second largest plant, is the clonal colony of a quaking Aspen tree in Utah, which covers 43.6 hectares area.
The largest tree in India is the Great Banyan in the Botanical Garden of Howrah which is spread over 1.41 hectares.
The findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
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