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Oct 27 2011

Botanical Wednesday: Get some pants on!

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  1. 1
    SallyStrange

    Pssshhhh. Wearing pants is so twentieth century.

  2. 2
    sandiseattle, fannypack user since 2000

    So maybe the lower part was under water at one point? at least thats what I would surmise.

  3. 3
    feralboy12

    Obviously this tree is dreaming; it’s probably about to give a speech before the United Nations assembly.

  4. 4
    Glen Davidson

    I saw some bits and pieces of what it was wearing in some bottle or other. Jammed in pretty tightly.

    I don’t think it would do it any good any more.

    Glen Davidson

  5. 5
    Sentient Meat

    Hungry giraffes?

  6. 6
    Rey Fox

    You know, if you click on the picture…

  7. 7
    'Tis Himself

    Get some pants on!

    Trees don’t pant. They respire in another way.

  8. 8
    wilsim

    Does it appear that tree has shrinkage? I looked, but see nothing in the crotches of the tree.

    In other news, is that a cork tree?

  9. 9
    matthewgill

    It’s a cork tree.

  10. 10
    Menyambal

    Yeah, it’s a cork oak. Click the pic for most of the story. What they leave out is the fact that the cork harvesters can’t use the rough outer layer the first time, so they really have to wait even more years to get a useful harvest.

  11. 11
    Stuart

    I read this blog in Google Reader, and it seems they have some weird algorithm for selecting ads to appear. I just noticed noticed an ad on this post for Christian Mingle, a dating site for Christian singles. A screen shot is here:
    https://webshare.uchicago.edu/xythoswfs/webui/_xy-4214763_1-t_Ly1x7jAB

  12. 12
    RowanVT

    @10

    Actually, they can use it… just not for the typical purposes associated with cork. It’s very popular with reptile and air-plant enthusiasts, however.

  13. 13
    Richard Drumm The Astronomy Bum

    I recognized a cork tree immediately. Interesting background info, Menyambal!
    I see lots of cork products that look like they’re made from small chips of cork glued together. Might be from that first harvest of bark.

  14. 14
    madtom1999

    Enjoy it while you can – these trees will be gone soon with the acceptance of plastic corks. And so will the whole ecosystem they support – not least of which is pigs fattened on their acorns and then turned into air dried ham of a quality that might just make you believe in a higher being who certainly wouldn’t even consider considering pigs to be dirty…

  15. 15
    Ariaflame, BSc, BF, PhD

    Although given the depletion of the fossil fuel resources necessary for the creation of plastics it might be that cork from renewable sources may come back into vogue.

  16. 16
    Antiochus Epiphanes

    Suber post, Squidly OL.

  17. 17
    ibbica

    @madtom1999
    Odds on the flooring industry picking up the slack?

    Reminds me of the argument to use real trees, vines, flowers, berries, etc. for decorations, instead of buying plastic or silk, as it encourages farms of plants over production in factories.

    There’s a little more to it than that, of course… but if the farming is done in a responsible way that allows the natural ecosystem to persist then I’m all for it. All those captive-bred Iberian lynx need somewhere to live, after all :)

  18. 18
    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    Aww.

  19. 19
    greame

    @Stuart #11

    We are all well aware of the situation with the ads. It has been addressed many times.

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