The largest plant in the world is found in Shark Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Western Australia. Astonished scientists have discovered that only one grass has spread through the stalks on Earth for 4,500 years. It is spread over almost 20,000 hectares.
Researchers at the University of Western Australia believe that there are many distinct species in the area where they study. They found that the different samples taken contained identical DNA and that they were actually beaten. So we handle the same plant, which is the largest in the world! It is an Australian Pacitonia, a species of sea grass family that should not be confused with algae.
The largest example is 180 km long and occupies 20,000 hectares in the Skark Bay of Western Australia.
This Pacidonia was created by a kind of cloning. From the initial element, the rhizomes advanced into the ground. These types of stems form roots and buds to grow new parts of the plant. The grass grows 35 cm every year.
The prairie is 4,500 years old and can live for another 100,000 years. Storms and heat waves have devastated some. Scientists want to understand how it was able to survive in harsh climates, light and saline conditions. The characteristics of its genetic heritage are found in plants in areas with extreme conditions.
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