A dipterocarp is not an individual, but a colony.
At the base of that colony is its oldest iteration. It provides the support for subsequent iterations.
If, every time life gets to be too much, a dipterocarp simply passes the baton to a new iteration, all the while continuing to exist in its earliest iteration, does a dipterocarp ever die? For the botanist Francis Hallé, at least, the answer to that is no.
To die is the price we pay to be ourselves.