Colorado, Australia duke it out over “world’s largest plant”


A new scientific report about the “world’s largest plant” being identified off the coast of Australia prompted a response Wednesday from Gov. Jared Polis, who claims that a Colorado aspen grove shares that title along with another aspen grove in Utah.

“Genetic analysis has revealed that the underwater fields of waving green seagrass are a single organism covering 70 square miles (180 square kilometers) through making copies of itself over 4,500 years,” according to the Associated Press.

Research on the cloning seagrass was published Wednesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Polis on Wednesday was quick to defend long-made claims about a couple of aspen groves in Colorado and Utah as being the largest plants in the world.