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Largest seed-
The seeds of the coc-de-mer palm are up to 30cm long and weigh an amazing 20kg.

Tallest tree-

Stratosphere Giant (Img Src)

The world's tallest tree is called the Stratosphere Giant. It grows in the Rockfeller Forest, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California. At 112.32m, this redowood is almost three times the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York. Most of Britain's tallest trees are in Scotland: a Douglas fir growing in Tayside, Scotland, is the record-holder at 64.5m.

Largest and Smelliest flower-
The flower of the rafflesia, or stinking corpse lily measures almost 1m across and weighs 11kg. It is also one of the world's smelliest flowers, with an odour like rotting flesh. The smell attracts flies, which pollinate the plant.

Smallest flowering plant-
Wolffia, a kind of duckweed, is just 0.6mm long and weighs about as much as two grains of salt. Its seeds are also the tiniest known- they weigh only 70 micrograms, as much as a single grain of salt.

Biggest living thing-
The General Sherman giant sequoia in Sequoia National Park, California, USA, is the world's largest living thing. It is 83.8m tall and measures 2.53m round its mighty trunk. Including its huge root system, the tree weighs about 2,000 tonnes. It contains enough timber to make shelves for almost a million books. If all this timber was made into pencils and they were laid end to end, they would more than reach round the Equator.

Oldest trees-
The bristlecone pines in California and Nevada, USA are almost 5,000 years old and were long believed to be the oldest trees. Latest research suggests that cereosote bushes in the USA's Mojave Desert may be even older- some of these plants began life nearly 12,000 years ago. Other long-lived trees:

Tree Age in Years
Japanese cedar 7,200
Baobab 5,150
Yew 5,000
Sequoia 3,000-4,000
Olive 2,000-4,000
Oak 500-600


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