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Title: In the Mediterranean Mountains, Some Sessile Oaks Can Live for a Millennium
Authors: Piovesan, Gianluca 
Baliva, Michele 
Calcagnile, Lucio
D’Elia, Marisa
Dorado‐Liñán, Isabel
Palli, Jordan 
Siclari, Antonino
Quarta, Gianluca
Journal: BULLETIN OF THE ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA 
Issue Date: 2021
Abstract: 
For a long time, majestic oaks have been considered a symbol of longevity. This study proves that a millennium horizon is an attainable age in angiosperms growing at a high‐elevation belt in the Mediterranean mountains of South Italy. Radiocarbon dating of five large and potentially old sessile oaks from Aspromonte National Parks revealed a common long life span ranging from 934 ± 65 to 570 ± 45 years. With its very slow mean annual radial growth (0.4 mm/year) and smallest diameter among the sampled trees, Demeter (pictured) confirms the growth–longevity trade‐off in the evolution and expression of life‐history traits and the importance of cliff environments for a long life.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2067/43406
DOI: 10.1002/bes2.1803
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