After all, how tall can a plant be? Often the plants in pots reach from the ground to the roof or spread throughout the field. But the world’s largest plant has been discovered off the coast of Australia. It is a sea grass the size of a city. The plant is spread up to 180 km instead of 10-12 meters. Scientists discovered through genetic testing that the underwater sea meadow is actually just a plant.
It is believed that this grass has emerged from only one seed and has spread so much in 4500 years. Researchers from the University of Western Australia said that the sea grass is spread over an area of about 200 square km. It was suddenly discovered by a team of scientists in Shark Bay, about 800 km north of Perth. They collected samples and aimed to find out how many plants made up the meadow.
plant growing in extreme conditions
Lead author of the research, Jane Edgelow, said, ‘The results shocked us because the grassland is made up of only one plant.’ “Only one plant covers 180 km in Shark Bay, which makes it the largest plant on earth,” he said. This plant is also known for its hardiness. Dr Elizabeth Sinclair, who was involved in the research, said, ‘It appears to be resilient, tolerating temperature, salinity as well as high light which is usually difficult for most plants.’
The plant grew so much in 4500 years
The plant of this species usually grows like a meadow at the rate of 35 cm in a year. Based on this, researchers estimate that it took 4500 years to expand to its present size. The research has been published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.