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By: Sidney Stevens on Nov. 16, 2016, 12:01 p.m.
A tall tree stands out among the others in the Danum Valley

Photo: Greg Asner/Carnegie Institution for Science

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Danum Valley's Shorea trees

Borneo is home to a diverse population of plants, including around 3,000 species of trees. That's a lot of individual species, and that means there's also plenty of trees to look at. Of particular note is this pictured tree, located in the Danum Valley. Focus on the really tall one in the center. That tree is believed to be the tallest tree in the tropics, standing at a soaring height of 309 feet. Its discovery coincided with the discovery of another 49 very tall trees in the area, all of which stand at least 295 feet tall.

The tree is believed to belong to the Shorea genus, a tree that accounts for 130 of those 3,000 species native to Borneo. The trees can live for hundreds of years, so this super-tall tree could have the tallest view in the region for centuries to come.