There are three ancient natural metasequoia glyptostroboides in Luota Township, Longshan County. The tallest is 46 meters in height. It is Hunan's tallest ancient tree, and China’s tallest of its species. The other two trees are 41 and 44 meters.
The 41-meter one is more than 1,500 years old. The 44-meter and the 46-meter ones are both about 1,000 years old.
In 1982, Hunan government established the Luota Natural Reserve (Spot) to protect them. It is China's smallest provincial natural reserve.
In 2017, Longshan County launched a rescue and protection project for the three ancient trees. A 4-hactare forest of their offspring was constructed around them, to protect their genetic resources and form a metasequoia glyptostroboides-theme park that integrates ecological protection, research, science population, and sightseeing.
Chinese source: hn.xinhuanet.com
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