Africa’s Biggest Tree found on Kilimanjaro!

//Africa’s Biggest Tree found on Kilimanjaro!

Africa’s Biggest Tree found on Kilimanjaro!

Africa’s tallest indigenous tree has been discovered in a remote corner of Kilimanjaro.
The tree is, measures a whopping 81.5 metres, and is of the species Entandrophragma excelsum. Scientists from the University of Bayreuth in Germany first discovered a stand of them while exploring the mountain’s cloud forest twenty years ago, and recently returned to Kili to measure them using accurate new tools.
 
In addition to being the biggest tree in Africa, the tree is also a contender for being one of the oldest: it is estimated that the trees are all around 500-600 years old.
 
While it may seem a surprising coincidence that the continent’s highest mountain should also be the home of Africa’s highest tree, upon reflection it does make sense. The combination of lush, moist conditions and nutrient-rich volcanic soil is quite rare on the continent.
 
You can read more about the giant tree by reading the full New Scientist article at https://www.newscientist.com/article/2114073-africas-tallest-tree-measuring-81m-found-on-mount-kilimanjaro/
 
By |2016-11-28T10:37:02+00:00November 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

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I am a little obsessed with Mount Kilimanjaro. Since writing the first edition of the Kilimanjaro guide in 2001 I have climbed the mountain more than 30 times and occasionally leads treks up the mountain myself. And when I'm not in Tanzania researaching for the next edition of the guide (the fifth edition was published in 2018), I can be found living near Hastings, England, updating this website (which was first published in 2006), writing about the national trails of England, answering Kili-related emails and putting on weight. Friends describe me as living proof that virtually anybody can climb Kilimanjaro.