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Posted: 6/21/2011 10:13:48 AM EST
Went camping with the kiddo this weekend in the national forest and saw an interesting thing on several of the lodgepole pine trees.

Up in the branches, emerging either on a limb or from the trunk itself, would be this sort of "knot" of branches, buds, twigs, all sort of massed up like a nest –– but not a nest. Its almost like a mutation of the tree causing it to erupt in this weird looking growth. I'd say it was pretty common. The coloration was off, the needles were more olive to yellowish compared to the green of the pine needles... but still part of the tree... almost like it was a different species that had invaded the old growth.

Pretty damn weird. Anyone ever see these? Know what they are?

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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:14:49 AM EST
Tree herpes bro...
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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:16:45 AM EST
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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:16:49 AM EST
That would be known as a burl.

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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:28:01 AM EST
Originally Posted By 19suburban96:
That would be known as a burl.


No, I've seen those. Those are a big lump.

These were almost "nest" looking except clearly growing from the branches. Lots of 10 to 15 inch branches with make and female cones and needles and everything. Just completely random and mutant looking.

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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:30:39 AM EST
Originally Posted By NagOrzo15-1:
Originally Posted By 19suburban96:
That would be known as a burl.


No, I've seen those. Those are a big lump.

These were almost "nest" looking except clearly growing from the branches. Lots of 10 to 15 inch branches with make and female cones and needles and everything. Just completely random and mutant looking.




There ya go. You've been exposed. Dibs on all cool stuff.

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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:33:16 AM EST
I saw a documentary about that once.

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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:37:24 AM EST
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Mistletoe?


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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:39:40 AM EST
Could be a tumor.
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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:40:15 AM EST

Originally Posted By M1-Matt:
Could be a tumor.

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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:46:00 AM EST
Around here they are called "witches brooms".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch%27s_broom

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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:53:48 AM EST
Originally Posted By Cheesebeast:
Around here they are called "witches brooms".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch%27s_broom


Ah... that looks like it.

So sounds like the tree gets irritated and reacts by making the growth. Weird.

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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:59:52 AM EST
Go back and poke one with a stick. We'll wait... and DIBS on all your stuff.

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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 11:05:06 AM EST
Sounds like you're describing a squirrel's nest.

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Link Posted: 6/21/2011 11:08:48 AM EST
Originally Posted By Cheesebeast:
Around here they are called "witches brooms".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch%27s_broom


That's what we call it down south.
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It's the Blair Witch. If you look close you see two eyes in the middle looking back at you.

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