Challenged Oak

Sunday, August 11, 2019

I went on a toodle around the Stanford campus today and came across this delightful coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) right next to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The hospital was recently rebuilt, but thankfully they left this beauty in place. I love that a limb that was sunk into the ground just went with it and became a trunk.

Look at that beauty.

Pokey expresses her admiration.

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8 response to "Challenged Oak"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: August 11, 2019

    Oh, what a great tree! I didn’t know they would do that. Looks like he has his head buried in the sand.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 11, 2019

      Well, buried in mulch. It’s well tended.

  2. By: Lah Posted: August 11, 2019

    Very interesting. I’ve seen the famous Live Oak on University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast campus. They must be cousins! (Quercus virginiana, so Wiki tells me.)

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 11, 2019

      Now that USM oak is amazing. What a beauty.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 12, 2019

      Got that right

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 12, 2019

    That is amazing!
    I looked up whether a limb can become a root, and indeed they can, stem cells can alter from one function to the other.

    “However, all plant cells are totipotent and have the ability to differentiate into any cell which can be found in a whole plant.”

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 12, 2019

      Thanks for looking that up. I just made the assumption. I’ve seen lots of trees hanging on the edge of bluffs or eroded hillsides with exposed roots, many of which grew bark, so I had a feel they could make the switch.

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