Oak growing on a cypress trunk   - 18th August 2014

 

 

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Oak growing on a cypress trunk

A kermes oak (Quercus coccifera) growing on the trunk of a cypress tree in the White Mountains. If it is overgrazed by goats the oak will be prevented from growing into a tree and its defence is to produce small, tightly packed spiny leaves. It can last a long time like this, waiting for the chance to grow into a tree (should the goat population diminish for one reason or another).

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