Tree Roots As Long As Two Blue Whales

Tree Roots As Long As Two Blue Whales

Boscia albitrunca, also known as Shepherd's Tree, is an African tree with roots going as deep as 68 meters—that's slightly longer than the length of two blue whales. The tree itself, however, only stands about 10 meters tall.

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from Brilliant Botany

Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    Taproots are thicker, deep-stretching plant roots, whereas fibrous roots consist of many thinner roots that stay close to the surface. (0:20)

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    Boscia albitrunca is an African tree with roots going as deep as 68 meters. (0:53)

  • 3

    Many plants can regenerate just from a root system. (2:06)

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