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Record-Holding Plants

Largest Plant.

An individual plant of giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) in Sequoia National Park, California, named the "General Sherman Tree" is considered to be the largest living plant, as well as the largest living thing on Earth. It is a cone-bearing gymnosperm with a height of 84 meters (275 feet) and a measured trunk girth of 31.3 meters (102.6 feet). This plant has enough wood in its trunk to supply the lumber to build about forty small houses.

Largest Leaves.

Two related plants compete for the title of the largest-leaved plant: the raffia palm (Raphia farinifera) of the Mascarene Islands and the bamboo palm (Raphia taedigera) of the Amazon basin in South America both have leaves of similar, gigantic size. The blades of their leaves have been measured to be 20 meters (65.2 feet) and their petioles measured approximately 4 meters (13 feet). Their total leaf length (24 meters; 78 feet) is equivalent to the height...

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