2,500-year-old cypress tree discovered in southern Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/04/15
By: Tyson Lu and Y.F. Low

Taipei, April 15 (CNA) A Taiwan cypress tree estimated to be over 2,500 years

(photo courtesy of Taitung Forest District Office)

(photo courtesy of Taitung Forest District Office)

old has recently been discovered in the southern part of the Central Mountain Range, forestry officials said Friday.

The tree, with a diameter of 5.2 meters and a circumference of 16.3 meters, will rewrite the rankings of the 10 oldest Taiwan cypress trees in the country once it has been officially registered, according to officials from the Forestry Bureau’s Taitung Forest District Office.

They said the discovery was made in March during an 11-day patrol in a forest near Daguei Lake and Siiaoguei Lake, in an area where the borders of Taitung County, Pingtung County and Kaohsiung meet.

Besides the Taiwan cypress, a Taiwania tree with a diameter of 3.8 meters was also discovered during the same patrol, the officials said.     [SOURCE]

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