Saturday, November 28, 2009

Strange Tree

We came upon a tree that had these strange bumps under the tree that were very interesting looking.  I took some photos of these unique growths.


One of the bumps from under the tree - what are these?



View under the tree

 
Close up

I hope you enjoyed these photos and your weekend.

DK Miller
The Shutterbug Eye, Nature photography & more

6 comments:

  1. oh wow, those are really strange looking. Have you figured out what they are? Are those possibly roots growing up?

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  2. Those are usually the result of insect or mold infestation. They are called burls.

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  3. You're right, these are very strange. I have never seen anything like them. They must be caused by something from outside such as a parasite.

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  4. That strange tree was a Bald Cypress {Taxodium distichum} It is a species of conifer. The bumps are called Cypress Knees. They are part of the root system. It was a hoooot photographing these beasty bumps with you :)

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  5. Thanks all and Debbie, thank you, I remember you making note through your camera of the type of tree. :-) I even forgot it was a conifer. LOL.

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  6. I was going to say cypress knees. The Narrow and taller "knees" are great for painting on. You usually see Santa painted on them.

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