Triarius is an enormous eucalypt – swamp gum (Eucalyptus regnans F.Muell.), 86.5 metres high.
The tree was discovered in August 2008 by Forestry Tasmania employees Mayo Kajitani and David Mannes while analyzing the data provided by airborne laser equipment LiDAR. The tree was discovered together with the nearby Centurion – the highest eucalypt in the world.
The tree is named after the triarii – wealthy and influential fighters in Roman legions.
Contrary to Centurion the height of Triarius was comparatively easy to measure from the ground with laser equipment. The diameter of the trunk – impressive 3.90 m (2).
Discovered forest giants were located in non-protected state forest but immediately were included in the list of protected trees.
This is a lucky coincidence that Triarius and Centurion have survived. Wildfires in 1934 spared just a few older trees in this area and passed on the west side. In 1950 there was logging nearby and at that time this giant tree would not be spared. In 1966 and 1967 the forest close nearby was deliberately burned for later regeneration, in 1967 this turned into furious, devastating fires. This time fire passed the tree on the east side (1).
These fires were a reason why the forest around the giants was not old-growth and thus – not protected. It was not expected to find any tall trees in this area.
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Triarius on the map
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|Location, GPS coordinates:||43.07725 S 146.76871 E|
|Rating:||(1.5 / 5)|
|Where is located?||Australia and Oceania, Australia, Tasmania, west from Geeveston, 4 km northeast of the Tahune Airwalk|
|Species:||Mountain ash or swamp gum (Eucalyptus regnans F.Muell.)|
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