Iluvatar (tree)

Iluvatar is the name of a redwood tree in Northern California that has been confirmed by measuring to be at least convert|20.5|ft in diameter at DBH (diameter breast height, measured convert|4.5|ft|m|disp=s above soil grade), and convert|320|ft in height. Measured by Stephen Sillett, it ranks as the world's second largest coast redwood, ranking behind the largest redwood, Lost Monarch. [ [http://www.conifers.org/cu/se/index.htm Gymnosperm Database] ] .

Iluvatar, is located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park of Northern California, among a group of trees called Atlas Grove. The location is unpublished. 'Atlas grove' including Iluvatar, is one of the most carefully studied areas of forest in the world. Just measuring of Iluvatar required 5 skilled climbers for over 20 days.

This redwood tree was named by Stephen C. Sillett after Iluvatar, the creator of the universe in J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Silmarillion".

The Atlas Grove (with Iluvatar) is said by author Richard Preston, to have been discovered by an amateur naturalist Michael Taylor, about March 1991. [Preston, Richard (2007). "The Wild Trees: A Story Of Passion And Daring". Allen Lane Publishers. page 82.] This claim contrasts with information from Oregon Arborist, M. D. Vaden, who found old symbols in the grove, indicating a predating history of the grove. [Vaden, M. D. (2008). [http://www.mdvaden.com/grove_of_titans.shtml "Grove of Titans & Atlas Grove".] Website Documentary Page.]

Iluvatar is supposed to have up to 220 reiterated trunks; one of the most complex tree structures known.

This coastal redwood is surrounded in the grove by other old coastal redwoods including Atlas Tree, Gaia, Pleiades, Ballantine, Promethius, Bell, Zeus and others. Ballantine was named after a real man. Some were named after ancient Greek gods. Neighboring species include "Pseudotsuga menziesii", "Picea sitchensis", "Acer macrophyllum", "Rhamnus purshiana", "Umbellularia californica", "Tsuga heterophylla", "Chamaecyparis lawsoniana" and "Lithocarpus densiflorus".

References

External links

* [http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/234/ Orion Article: Day of Discovery - Excerpted from The Wild Trees by Richard Preston]
* [http://www.mdvaden.com/grove_of_titans.shtml Photograph Documentation including 'Iluvatar' redwood]


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