The "Tree" Without Roots

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Matt Markworth
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The "Tree" Without Roots

Post by Matt Markworth » Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:31 pm

Hi All,

I present The "Tree" Without Roots . . .
the underside
the underside
This living tree trunk (branch?) definitely found a fortunate spot on this Lake Huron beach. My theory is that after being cut down by a beaver, it drifted ashore and is being supplied with water through sheer saturation.

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Re: The "Tree" Without Roots

Post by edfrank » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:13 pm

There are a number of species that will eventually sprout roots from the trunk if the conditions are right. It is pretty common for black willow, and I assume other willow species. I have seen it happen with sycamore. I wonder in how many species this takes place. Usually it requires at least some of the roots on the existing fallen trunk to remain active and feeding the branches until they develop roots of their own. This is a really neat specimen.

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