The Tallest Tropical Tree In The World Is Longer Than Five Bowling Lanes

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The tallest tropical tree in the world measures 100.8 meters, which means that it is larger than a football field. The tree can be found in a rainforest in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. It was named Menara which means “tower,” which shouldn’t surprise us, based on how long it is.

Scientists also created a 3D model of the tree which can be seen here. You will be able to admire the tree without making a trip to Malaysia.
The Menara tree belongs to the yellow meranti tree species, and it is a member of the Dipterocarpaceae family.

Researchers used laser technology in order to discover this tree. A lidar device was carried by aircraft, and it helped scientists get data for a topological map. Back in January this year, Unding Jami, a local climber, was the one who measured the height of the tree using a tape measure.

Menara is the tallest tropical tree in the world found so far

“It was a scary climb, so windy because the nearest trees are very distant,” Jami said in a statement. “But honestly, the view from the top was incredible. I don’t know what to say other than it was very, very, very amazing!”

According to researchers, it is possible that there are trees taller than Menara, but the difference is not a big one. It appears that these kind of trees aren’t able to grow much bigger than that. More than that, they might have their vulnerabilities as well. Even Menara is said to be vulnerable to wind damage.

“Given the evidence we have found on the mechanical constraints caused by the wind, it is unlikely any new tree would be much taller,” Yadvinder Malhi, a professor of ecosystem science at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, said in the statement.


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