Samu ancient trees recognized as Vietnam Heritage trees

A population of 56 Samu ancient trees in Pu Hoat nature reserves in the northern province of Nghe An has been recognized as Vietnam Heritage tree by the the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment, Director of Pu Hoat nature reserves Nguyen Danh Hung announced on November 29.

The tree’s scientific name is Cunninghamia konishii Hayata and also called Long Lenh tree by the Thai minority group in Nghe An Province.

The population of 56 Samu old trees located in Que Phong District’s Hanh Dich commune, including the widest tree with a diameter of 3.7m, the thinnest tree with a diameter of 1.5m, the tallest tree which reaches 60m and the shortest tree that is 40m.

Samu tree only grows in difficult terrains. They are often found along stream and on mountain cliff, especially in Vietnam - Laos border area.

By Duy Cuong – Translated by Kim Khanh

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