Education week on the Buckalew Blog...
Asexual or vegetative reproduction from root systems offer
many benefits including phenomenal longevity. Aspen "clones,"
as the individual root systems are called, can live to be
thousands of years old. The oldest known clone in existence
is called "Pando" and is located in the Fishlake National
Forest north of Bryce Canyon National Park in central Utah.
Pando is believed to be the largest organism ever found at
nearly 13 million pounds. The clone spreads over 106 acres,
consisting of over 40,000 individual trees.
It has been aged at 80,000 years!
Although 5-10,000 year-old clones are much more
common, even these youngsters are much older than
Sequoias and even Bristlecone Pines.