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Fasciated Redwoods - Coral of the Forest

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Some of you may be wondering what in the world this is? Known in the botany world as fasciation, this strange redwood mutation is a result of basal sprouts that fail to grow normally during cell division. The meristematic cells in the water spout tips grow flat and wide giving them their coral like appearance.  Although the condition is quite rare, other plants can show this interesting trait as well. Fasciation is believed to be caused by plant stress and a combination bacteria & viral infections.

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