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photoblog image Amazing Aspens

Amazing Aspens

Education week on the Buckalew Blog...

 

Asexual or vegetative reproduction from root systems offer

many benefits including phenomenal longevity. Aspen "clones,"
as the individual root systems are called, can live to be
thousands of years old. The oldest known clone in existence
is called "Pando" and is located in the Fishlake National
Forest north of Bryce Canyon National Park in central Utah.
Pando is believed to be the largest organism ever found at
nearly 13 million pounds. The clone spreads over 106 acres,
consisting of over 40,000 individual trees.
It has been aged at 80,000 years!
Although 5-10,000 year-old clones are much more
common, even these youngsters are much older than
Sequoias and even Bristlecone Pines.

 

 

photoblog image Trees Fall 2016 13 b.jpg

Amazing Aspens

Education week on the Buckalew Blog...

 

Asexual or vegetative reproduction from root systems offer

many benefits including phenomenal longevity. Aspen "clones,"
as the individual root systems are called, can live to be
thousands of years old. The oldest known clone in existence
is called "Pando" and is located in the Fishlake National
Forest north of Bryce Canyon National Park in central Utah.
Pando is believed to be the largest organism ever found at
nearly 13 million pounds. The clone spreads over 106 acres,
consisting of over 40,000 individual trees.
It has been aged at 80,000 years!
Although 5-10,000 year-old clones are much more
common, even these youngsters are much older than
Sequoias and even Bristlecone Pines.

 

 

photoblog image Trees Fall 2016 13 b.jpg

comments (18)

Déjà  de la glace, il doit faire froid chez toi.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: We've had a couple snows up on the mountain - but just rain so far here in Flagstaff!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Nov 2016, 04:35
Fabulous pictures and mind blowing information.
It is getting colder here, but no snow expected.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Astrid!! Incredible aren't they!
We usually get snow by Thanksgiving... so we're not far off! Night time lows are below freezing, but still sunny and warm during the day. Such is Northern Arizona! smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Nov 2016, 04:47
But...no sex! Who wants to grow old in that environment...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well, I don't really think tree sex is all that exciting for them anyway... smile
A lovely, colourful shot, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Frank!
Man alive. Talk about getting an education! I love it.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Ginnie! Fascinating stuff, isn't it!
A wonderful display Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Richard!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Nov 2016, 06:33
I did learn about the root system of the aren and how it can cover large areas. I never appreciated just how large it can be, though. I like your composition.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Fascinating isn't it, Alan! Thank you!
Quite amazing information Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Nature is endlessly fascinating to me, Chad!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Nov 2016, 06:35
Very nice too Elizabeth

Going to emigrate to the UK?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Chris!
Serious consideration will be taken. I'll give about 9 months to see what happens...
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 9 Nov 2016, 06:52
I don't know if this is the same species we get here, but I only know two aspens locally
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: A quick Google search shows it may be!
That is staggering and one in the eye for the Sarah Palins of this world grin
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well... yes!!!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Nov 2016, 09:14
Oh, I see it is freezing cold in Arizona, yes, in whole America after the last news - but we have to respect the reality- in the States and in Europe where the populism is an increasing danger, too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: The nights are below freezing now, but the day times are still sunny and warm in Flagstaff. However- this photo is taken on the northern slopes of Mt Humphreys, at about 9,000 feet. I imagine this little spot only gets a few minutes of sunshine per day!
I love the bottom shot with the rain drops.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Mary! It's actually melted snow!
This sounds to be the most spectacular of plants even if a lot of it is actually underground.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Fascinating, isn't it, Brian!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Nov 2016, 13:38
Wonderful autumn colours. We have had some spectacular colours this year.

First snow has been forecast, but no sign of it in Lancaster yet.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't they lovely! Down closer to Sedona the Oaks and Sumac's have been showing off some brilliant red as well!
It looks like you may have gotten some snow later in the week? Flagstaff's nights have been below freezing, but still sunny and warm during the day. Though we usually will get snow by Thanksgiving. Our ski area usually plans to open that weekend.
Lovely - snow here in Sheffield this morning.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I've seen on the news!!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Nov 2016, 19:19
Excellent pictures in terms of shapes and colour.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Louis!
I liked the info and images...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Jacquelyn!

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