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Fasciated Redwoods - Coral of the Forest

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Some of you may be wondering what in the world is this? Known in botany circles as fasciation, this strange redwood mutation is a result of basal sprouts that fail to grow normally during cell division. The meristematic cells within these water spouts grow elongated in ribbon-like patterns instead of cylindrical like what's seen in normal shoots. It's this flat and wide growth that gives fasciated redwoods their coral-like appearance.  Although this condition is quite rare, other plants can show this interesting trait as well. The cause of fasciation is believed to be initiated by plant stress, genetics, or a combination of bacteria & viral infections. Whatever the causes of these mutations might be, they're a pleasant surprise to see in the forest. 



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