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The thickest, tallest, and oldest trees in Africa

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Girth

In this table of girth records in Africa only girth measurements made at a height between 1.30 m and 1.50 m are listed. Trees with multiple trunks are excluded.
Of course this inventory contains only tree records as far as they are registered on this site.

How to measure the girth of a tree?

NrTree speciesGirthLocationMeasurementYear
1Adansonia digitata (Baobab)26.18 mLe Baobab Sacré, Fadial, Senegal Henk Eshuis2013
2Ceiba pentandra (Kapok)15.38 mIwol, Iwol, Senegal Henk Eshuis2013
3Khaya senegalensis (K. senegalensis)7.75 mSalbodela, Salbodela, Senegal Henk Eshuis2013
4Afrocarpus falcatus (Sickle-leaved yellowwood)7.00 mKing Edward VII, Diepwalle Forest Station, South Africa Sisley2006
5Cola cordifolia (C. cordifolia)6.71 mN7, Kedougou, Senegal Henk Eshuis2013
6Eucalyptus camaldulensis (River red gum)~6.00 mPlace des Ferblantiers, Marrakech, Morocco Wim Brinkerink2012
7Magnifera indica (Mango)5.60 mEscola Dandum, Dandum, Guinea-Bissau Henk Eshuis2014
8Ficus salicifolia (Wonderboom fig)~5.50 mWonderboom, Wonderboom Nature Reserve, South AfricaChristopher2014
9Parkia biglobosa (Néré tree)5.34 mN7, Kedougou, Senegal Henk Eshuis2013
10Parinari excelsa (Guinea plum)5.20 mMunhini, Munhini, Guinea-Bissau Henk Eshuis2014
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Height

In this table of height records in Africa only height measurements made by laser (like eg. the Nikon 550 Forestry) or tape drop are listed.
Of course this inventory contains only tree records as far as they are registered on this site.

How to measure the height of a tree?

NrTree speciesHeightLocationMeasurementYear
1Ceiba pentandra (Kapok)31.40 mIwol, Iwol, Senegal Henk Eshuis2013
2Khaya senegalensis (K. senegalensis)25.20 mSalbodela, Salbodela, Senegal Henk Eshuis2013
3Adansonia digitata (Baobab)24.80 mSalbodela, Salbodela, Senegal Henk Eshuis2013
4Afzelia africana (Afzelia)20.80 mFutobol, Beli, Guinea-Bissau Henk Eshuis2014
5Magnifera indica (Mango)20.20 mCapebonde, Capebonde, Guinea-Bissau Henk Eshuis2014
6Parkia biglobosa (Néré tree)19.40 mN7, Kedougou, Senegal Henk Eshuis2013
7Cola cordifolia (C. cordifolia)16.40 mN7, Kedougou, Senegal Henk Eshuis2013
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Age

In this table of age estimates and measurements in Africa are shown. Of course this inventory contains only age records as far as they are registered on this site.

NrTree speciesAgeLocationMeasurementYear
1Ficus salicifolia (Wonderboom fig)1214 ± 400 yWonderboom, Wonderboom Nature Reserve, South AfricaChristopher2014
2Afrocarpus falcatus (Sickle-leaved yellowwood)664 ± 10 yKing Edward VII, Diepwalle Forest Station, South Africa Rodeo2012
3Quercus robur (Pedunculate oak)203 ySlave Tree, Tourist Office, South AfricaTim2012
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