Tallest tree in Asia found in Tibet
The record for the tallest tree in Asia was revised this week, as the Chinese researchers of a scientific investigation led by Peking University announced that they discovered a giant cypress measuring 102.3 meters in the Tibet autonomous region.
The record-breaking tree, called Cupressus torulosa, was found at the national nature reserve of Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon in Bome county, Nyingchi city.
The team members used drones and laser radar to map the local cypress aggregation area and confirmed the presence of the 102.3-meter tree.
They also detected a large number of trees over 85 meters high, including 25 measuring over 90 meters.
The findings have also contributed to the region having the highest density of giant trees in China and Asia, said a team member from Peking University.
Mainly distributed in southeastern Tibet, the tree has a narrow distribution area and a small population. It has been listed as a national first-class protected plant.
The previous China tree height record holder was an evergreen fir measured at 83.2 meters by scientists in Tibet last year.