The world’s largest living plant has been identified in the
shallow waters off the coast of Westerh Australia. The sprawling
seagrass, a marine flowering plant known as Posidonia austalis,
stretches for more than 112 miles in Shark Bay, a wilderness area
protected as a World Heritage site, said Elizabeth Sinclair, a senior
research fellow at the School of Biological Sciences and Oceans
Institute at The University of Western Australia.
That’s about the distance between San Diego and Los Angeles.
The plant is so large because it clones itself, creating genetically
identical offshoots. This process is a way of reproducing that is
rare in the animal kingdonm although it happens in certain
environmental conditions and occurs more often among
some plants, fungi, and bacteria.
(CNN June 2, 2022)
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