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Ancient bristlecone pine tree, roots spread wide and exposed over dolomite-rich soil, rising above the arid slopes of the Schulman Grove in the White Mountains at an elevation of 9500 above sea level, along the Methuselah Walk.  The oldest bristlecone pines in the world are found in the Schulman Grove, some of them over 4700 years old. Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Pinus longaeva, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest Giant sequoia trees, roots spreading outward at the base of each massive tree, rise from the shaded forest floor, Sequoiadendron giganteum, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California Giant sequoia trees, roots spreading outward at the base of each massive tree, rise from the shaded forest floor, Sequoiadendron giganteum, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California Lowlying plants grow where a forest fire has cleared the forest floor of debris, allowing seeds of small shrubs and trees to take root.  The charred and burnt trees remain behind, some of them still alive in spite of their blackened appearance, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California Lowlying plants grow where a forest fire has cleared the forest floor of debris, allowing seeds of small shrubs and trees to take root.  The charred and burnt trees remain behind, some of them still alive in spite of their blackened appearance, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California Giant sequoia trees, roots spreading outward at the base of each massive tree, rise from the shaded forest floor, Sequoiadendron giganteum, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California White trunks of aspen trees, viewed upward toward the yellow and orange leaves of autumn and the blue sky beyond, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon, Sierra Nevada Mountains White trunks of aspen trees, viewed upward toward the yellow and orange leaves of autumn and the blue sky beyond, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon, Sierra Nevada Mountains California dodder, a common stem parasite in California that typically parasitizes host shrubs.  Dodders resemble tangled masses of orange spaghetti covering shrubs. Dodder is without chlorophyll and are nonphotosynthetic and is therefor an obligate parasite dependent on its host for water and nutrients through a root system that penetrates the stem tissue of the host, Cuscuta californica California fuschia, Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, California.  A member of the primrose family.  Local tribes occasionally ate seeds of this species, while leaves and roots were sometimes boiled and eaten.  Settlers gathered seeds and used them as a natural remedy for a variety of illnesses, effectively, since this species contains gamma-linoleic acid, Epilobium cana Mangrove shoreline.  Mangroves have vertical branches, pheumatophores, that serve to filter out salt and provide fresh water to the leaves of the plant.  Many juvenile fishes and young marine animals reside in the root systems of the mangroves.  Punta Albemarle, Isabella Island Mangrove shoreline.  Mangroves have vertical branches, pheumatophores, that serve to filter out salt and provide fresh water to the leaves of the plant.  Many juvenile fishes and young marine animals reside in the root systems of the mangroves.  Punta Albemarle, Isabella Island Mangrove shoreline.  Mangroves have vertical branches, pheumatophores, that serve to filter out salt and provide fresh water to the leaves of the plant.  Many juvenile fishes and young marine animals reside in the root systems of the mangroves.  Punta Albemarle, Isabella Island Mangrove shoreline.  Mangroves have vertical branches, pheumatophores, that serve to filter out salt and provide fresh water to the leaves of the plant.  Many juvenile fishes and young marine animals reside in the root systems of the mangroves.  Punta Albemarle, Isabella Island Mangrove shoreline.  Mangroves have vertical branches, pheumatophores, that serve to filter out salt and provide fresh water to the leaves of the plant.  Many juvenile fishes and young marine animals reside in the root systems of the mangroves.  Punta Albemarle, Isabella Island Mangrove shoreline.  Mangroves have vertical branches, pheumatophores, that serve to filter out salt and provide fresh water to the leaves of the plant.  Many juvenile fishes and young marine animals reside in the root systems of the mangroves.  Punta Albemarle, Isabella Island Mangrove shoreline.  Mangroves have vertical branches, pheumatophores, that serve to filter out salt and provide fresh water to the leaves of the plant.  Many juvenile fishes and young marine animals reside in the root systems of the mangroves.  Punta Albemarle, Isabella Island Mangrove shoreline.  Mangroves have vertical branches, pheumatophores, that serve to filter out salt and provide fresh water to the leaves of the plant.  Many juvenile fishes and young marine animals reside in the root systems of the mangroves.  Punta Albemarle, Isabella Island Mangrove shoreline.  Mangroves have vertical branches, pheumatophores, that serve to filter out salt and provide fresh water to the leaves of the plant.  Many juvenile fishes and young marine animals reside in the root systems of the mangroves.  Punta Albemarle, Isabella Island Mangrove shoreline.  Mangroves have vertical branches, pheumatophores, that serve to filter out salt and provide fresh water to the leaves of the plant.  Many juvenile fishes and young marine animals reside in the root systems of the mangroves.  Punta Albemarle, Isabella Island Mangrove shoreline.  Mangroves have vertical branches, pheumatophores, that serve to filter out salt and provide fresh water to the leaves of the plant.  Many juvenile fishes and young marine animals reside in the root systems of the mangroves.  Punta Albemarle, Isabella Island Three Sisters Springs, fish and tree roots, Crystal River, Florida Three Sisters Springs, fish and tree roots, Crystal River, Florida The Tennessee Tree shows resilience to fire damage, continuing to thrive in spite of deep fire scars. The living tissue or cambium layer of a sequoia lies just under its bark. As long as some of this thin, living tissue connects the leaves above with the roots below, the tree will continue to live. If undisturbed by people, or more fire, this living layer will eventually heal the fire scars seen on this tree. Grant Grove, Sequoiadendron giganteum, Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, California

Updated: June 5, 2020