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Africa’s highest mountain harbours Africa’s tallest trees.

Biodiversity and conservation

Hemp, A., Zimmermann, R., Remmele, S., Pommer, U., Berauer, B., Hemp, C., & Fischer, M.

2017

Biodiversity and conservation

26(1)

103-113

While world records of tree heights were set by American, Australian and Asian tree species, Africa seemed to play no role here. In our study we show that Entandrophragma excelsum (Meliaceae) found in a remote valley at Kilimanjaro has to be included in the list of the world’s superlative trees. Estimating tree age from growth rates monitored by high resolution dendrometry indicates that tall individuals may reach more than 470 years of age. A unique combination of anatomical pecu- liarities and favorable site conditions might explain their enormous size.

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