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THE world's second tallest tree has been found by Tasmanian foresters less than 5km from a popular tourist attraction.
Standing about the same height as a pair of Wrest Point Casino towers stacked on top of each other, the 101m giant swamp gum is second only to a 115m redwood in the Redwood National Park in California.
The Tasmanian tree, estimated to be about 400 years old, has been aptly named Centurion which is a Roman officer in charge of 100 soldiers.
Centurion will also go into the record books as the tallest hardwood tree in the world, the tallest eucalypt in the world and the tallest flowering tree in the world.