Tag Archives: Trees

Biggest of the big

The biggest tree in the world , by volume, is the General Sherman tree. This tree is a Giant Sequoia tree (Sequoiadendron giganteum) located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park.

The tree has an estimated bole volume of 1,487 cubic metres (52,513 cu ft), and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years.

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Grizzly Giant; a Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) in the Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park.

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Painful but sweet

The sweet thorn (Acacia karroo) can punish absentminded travellers with its very long and rather sharp thorns.

It does however have a sweeter side; its gum.

The gum is sweet, edible and water soluble. It is used in syrups for soft drink, candy, icing sugar, chewing gum and as a lick-able adhesive e.g. on postage stamps.

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Soetdoring (Acacia karroo) thorns and flowers.

 

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