This blob of a plant has lived up to 30 modern human lifespans, or 3,000 years, in the Atacama Desert of Chile:
This humble spruce has lived a staggering 9,550 years in Sweden:
Here is a Nambian desert dweller, Welwitschia, of 2,000 years:
And a truly ancient 80,000 year old aspen clonal colony in Utah:
These and more can be found in photographer Rachel Sussman’s new book, The Oldest Living Things in the World.
We are but fleeting moments of anti-entropy, with much to learn from these ancient plants.