by Rina Marie Doctor
On Thursday, Nov. 5, chinese local authorities said that a Taxus chinensis tree assumed to be around 1,300 years old was found in Hunan Province in central China. The discovery was made during a census activity involving ancient trees.
Still up and about, the living tree stands inside the Shunhuangshan National Forest Park in Dong'an County, Yongzhou. As per records of the county's forestry bureau, the tree measures about 114 feet in height and about 7 feet in diameter.
Also called Chinese yew, the ancient tree was accompanied by two more subtrees of the same kind. The two trees were also believed to be more than a thousand years old. Reports said all the three trees have been well maintained by the residents.
The Taxus chinensis species is said to have existed for approximately 2.5 million years. The tree produces minimal number of seeds and thrives only in warm and moist environments.