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The Quaking Aspen trees across the northwest are incredible. "The world’s largest and possibly oldest living organism is Pando, a Quaking Aspen clone in Utah. Aspen trees flourish in much of North America, but in the western US a genetic adaptation allows them to propagate not by seed, but by cloning. By some estimations the Aspen grove known as Pando, that's Latin for I spread, could be shoots from a clone as much as 80,000 years old." (www.loe.org) Have you ever seen bamboo grow? These trees grow similarly to that, they pop up shoots all around that are generated from elongated roots, so each tree in a grove is genetically identical! This evolutionary technique has lead to a pretty long lifespan!
Contributed by Hallie Casey