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February 20, 2020 - BBC

INDIA: Thimmamma Marrimanu - The world’s largest single tree canopy

INDIA: Thimmamma Marrimanu - The world’s largest single tree canopy
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Flourishing within one of India’s driest regions, Thimmamma Marrimanu has become an enduring symbol of eternal life – and it continues to grow through recent conversation efforts.

Landmark Trees of India, a survey conducted between 2008 and 2010 by Outreach Ecology, measured the canopies of banyan trees across the country and found that India is in fact home to seven of the largest banyan trees in the world. They also confirmed more recently that Thimmamma Marrimanu is the largest of them all. However, the banyan’s size has become a matter of debate as the local forestry department argues that the tree has actually spread over eight acres due to conservation efforts over the past two years and is 660 years old.

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