Bristlecone pines are the oldest unitary organisms in the world, known to surpass 5,000 years in age. In the 1960’s a then-grad student cut down what would have been the oldest known tree in the world while retrieving a lost coring bit. A cross section of that tree was placed in a Nevada casino. (Rachel Sussman)
.~Livorno Tuscany Italy~ The stone pine (Pinus pinea), also called Italian stone pine, umbrella pine and parasol pine, is native to the Mediterranean region, occurring in Southern Europe, North Africa, and the Levant.