November 02, 2020

Fire Children Circles

I have been fascinated by the circles of oaks, madrones, manzanitas and redwoods in the Santa Cruz Sandhills in Henry Cowell, Quail Hollow and elsewhere. I learned from my Manzanita ID Field Guide that manzanitas sprout like this after a fire has killed the original trunk, but left the burl, often underground! Or a tree has been chopped down, often in the case of old-growth redwoods, leaving the roots and burl underground, to sprout these "Fire Children Rings".... I invented this name out of a need to describe the phenomena to myself, as I often did for plant names before discovering iNatch.

I love the tenacity of these plants and their fire-adaptivity: evidence of the flexibility of DNA to respond to any situation.

Posted on November 02, 2020 04:49 by lilithohlson lilithohlson | 3 observations | 1 comment | Leave a comment