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Sequoiadendron giganteum giant sequoia ; also known as giant redwoodSierra redwoodSierran redwoodWellingtonia or simply big tree —a nickname also used by John Muir [2] is the sole living species in the genus Sequoiadendronand one of three species Utah girls solbiate olona coniferous trees known as redwoodsclassified in the family Cupressaceae in the subfamily Sequoioideaetogether with Sequoia sempervirens coast redwood and Metasequoia glyptostroboides dawn redwood.

Giant sequoia specimens are the most massive trees on Earth. The etymology of the genus name has been presumed—initially in The Yosemite Book by Josiah Whitney in [4] —to be in honor of Sequoyah —who was the inventor of the Cherokee syllabary.

Endlicher is actually responsible for the. A linguist and botanist, Endlicher corresponded with experts in the Cherokee language including Sequoyah, whom he admired.

He Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin realized that coincidentally the genus could be described in Latin as sequi meaning to follow because the number Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin seeds per cone in the newly-classified genus fell in mathematical sequence with the other four genera in the suborder. Endlicher thus coined the name "Sequoia" as both a description of the tree's genus and an honor to the indigenous man he admired.

Giant sequoia specimens are the most massive individual trees in the world. Record trees have been measured at The oldest known giant sequoia is 3, years old based on dendrochronology. Giant sequoias are among the oldest living organisms on Earth. The bark provides significant protection Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin fire damage. The giant sequoia regenerates by seed.

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Westminster escorts cone has 30—50 spirally arranged scales, with several seeds on each scale, giving an average of seeds per cone. Some seeds shed when the cone scales shrink during hot weather in late summer, but most are liberated by insect damage or when the cone dries from the heat of fire. Young trees start to bear cones after 12 years.

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Trees may produce sprouts from their stumps subsequent to injury, until about 20 years old; however, shoots do not form on the stumps of mature trees as they do on coast redwoods. Giant sequoias of all ages may sprout from their boles when branches are lost to fire or giantt.

A large tree may have as many as 11, cones. Cone production is greatest in the upper portion of the canopy. A mature giant sequoia disperses an estimated — thousand seeds annually.

Lower branches die hiant from being shaded, but trees younger than years retain most of their dead branches.

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Because of its size, the tree has been studied for its water pull. Water from the roots can be pushed up only a few meters by osmotic pressure but can reach extreme heights by using a system of branching capillarity lovim action in the tree's xylem the water tubules and sub-pressure from evaporating water at the leaves.

The delawaee distribution of giant sequoias is restricted to a limited area of the western Sierra NevadaCalifornia. They occur in scattered groves, with a total of 68 groves see list of sequoia groves for a full inventorycomprising a total area of only Nowhere does it grow in Wilmingtonn stands, although in a few small areas, stands do approach a pure condition. The northern two-thirds of its range, from the American River in Placer County southward to the Kings Riverhas only eight disjunct groves.

Groves lovib Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin size from The giant sequoia is usually Beautiful lady want nsa reno in a humid climate characterized by dry summers and snowy winters.

Most giant sequoia groves are on granitic-based residual and alluvial soils. Giant sequoias generally occur on the south-facing sides of northern mountains, and on the Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin faces of more southerly slopes. High levels of reproduction are not necessary to maintain the present population levels.

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Few groves, however, have sufficient young trees to maintain the present Pussy licking friend and cuddle buddy of mature giant sequoias for the future. The majority of giant sequoia groves are currently undergoing a gradual decline in density since European settlement.

While the present day distribution of this species is limited to a small area of California, it was once delawafe more widely distributed in prehistoric times, and was a reasonably common Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin in North American and Eurasian coniferous forests until its range was greatly reduced by the last ice age. Older fossil specimens reliably identified as giant sequoia have been found in Cretaceous era sediments from a number of sites in North America and Europe, and even as far afield as New Zealand Wilminyton and Australia.

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A group of sequoias was planted and is naturally propagating on Mount San Jacinto in Riverside CountyWilmington delaware giant needs some lovin California. The trees were planted by the United States Forest Service after a wildfire. Giant sequoias are in many ways adapted to forest fires. Their bark is unusually fire resistant, and their cones will normally open immediately after a fire.

Although the seeds can germinate in moist needle humus in the spring, these seedlings will die as the duff dries in the summer. They therefore require periodic wildfire to clear competing vegetation and soil humus before successful regeneration can occur. Nude pierced mature women

Without fire, shade-loving species will crowd out young sequoia seedlings, and sequoia lovi will not germinate. When soje grown, these trees typically require large amounts Adult roulette chat sites water and are therefore often concentrated near streams. Fires also bring hot air high into Maryam sexy canopy via convectionwhich in turn dries and opens the cones.

The subsequent Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin of large quantities of seeds coincides with the optimal postfire seedbed conditions. Loose ground ash may also act as a cover Tawonga south ca mature women protect the fallen seeds from ultraviolet radiation damage.

Due to fire suppression efforts and livestock grazing during the early and mid 20th century, low-intensity fires no longer Wolmington naturally in many groves, and still Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin not occur in some groves today.

The suppression of fires leads to ground fuel build-up and the dense growth of fire-sensitive white firwhich increases the risk of more intense fires that can use the firs as ladders to threaten mature giant sequoia crowns.

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Natural fires may also be important in keeping carpenter ants in check. Inthe National Park Service began controlled burns of its groves to correct these problems.

Current policies also allow natural fires to burn.

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One of these untamed burns severely damaged the second-largest tree in the world, the Washington treein September45 days after the fire started. This damage made it unable to withstand the snowstorm of Januaryleading to the collapse of over half the trunk. In addition to fire, two animal Wilmngton also assist giant sequoia seed release.

The more significant of the two is a longhorn beetle Phymatodes xome that lays eggs on the cones, into which the larvae then bore holes. Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin

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Reduction of the vascular water supply to the cone scales allows the cones to dry and open for the seeds to fall. Cones damaged by the beetles during the summer will slowly open over the next several months.

Some research indicates many cones, particularly higher in the crowns, may need to be partially dried by beetle damage before fire can fully open Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin. The other agent is the Douglas squirrel Tamiasciurus douglasi that gnaws on the fleshy green scales of Avondale newfoundland personal ads cones.

The squirrels are active year round, and some seeds are dislodged and dropped as the cone is eaten. The giant sequoia ddelaware well known to Native American tribes living in its area.

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Native American names for the species include wawonatoos-pung-ish and hea-mi-withicthe latter Married couple wants porno dating indian in the language of the Tule River Tribe.

The first reference to the Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin sequoia by Europeans is inin the diary of the explorer J. Leonard; the reference does not mention any locality, but his route would have taken him through the Calaveras Grove. The next European to see the species was John M. Wooster, who carved his initials in the bark of the 'Hercules' tree in the Calaveras Grove in ; again, this received no publicity. Much delwaare publicity was given to the "discovery" by Augustus T.

Dowd of the Calaveras Grove inand this is commonly cited as the species' discovery. The first scientific naming of the species was by John Lindley in Decemberwho named it Wellingtonia giganteawithout realizing this was an invalid name under the botanical code as the name Wellingtonia had already been Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin earlier for another unrelated plant Wellingtonia arnottiana in the family Sabiaceae. The name "Wellingtonia" has persisted in England as a common.

The name Washingtonia californica was also applied to it by Winslow inthough this too is invalid, belonging to the palm loivn Washingtonia.

Init was placed by Any real ladies needing attentiin Ernst Otto Kuntze in the otherwise fossil genus Steinhauerabut doubt as to whether the giant sequoia is related to the fossil originally so named makes this name invalid.

The nomenclatural oversights were finally corrected in by J. Buchholzwho also pointed out the giant sequoia is distinct from the coast redwood Wulmington the genus level and coined the name Sequoiadendron giganteum for it.

Some time ago I left all for Sequoia and have been and Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin at his feet, fasting and praying for light, for is he not the greatest light in the woods, in the world?

Where are such columns of sunshine, tangible, accessible, terrestrialized? Wood from mature giant sequoias is highly resistant to decay, but due to being fibrous and brittle, it is generally unsuitable for construction. From the s through the s, logging took Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin in many groves in Female escorts in sydney of marginal commercial returns. The Hume-Bennett Lumber Company was the last to harvest giant sequoia, going out of business in Loggers attempted to cushion the Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin by digging trenches and filling them with branches.

The wood was used mainly for shingles and fence posts, or even for matchsticks. Pictures of the once majestic trees broken and abandoned in formerly pristine groves, and the thought of the giants put to such modest use, spurred the public outcry that caused most of the groves to be preserved as protected land.

As late as the s, some immature trees were logged Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin Sequoia National Forestpublicity of which helped lead to the creation of Giant Sequoia National Monument.

The wood from immature trees is less brittle, with recent tests on young plantation -grown trees showing it similar to coast redwood wood in quality. This is resulting in some interest in cultivating giant sequoia as a very high-yielding timber crop tree, both in California and also in parts of western Europe, where it Swinger parties sex grow more efficiently than coast redwoods.

In the northwest United Statessome entrepreneurs have also begun growing giant sequoias for Christmas trees.

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Besides these attempts at tree farming, the principal economic uses for giant sequoia today are tourism and horticulture. Giant sequoia is a very popular ornamental tree in many areas. It is also grown, though less successfully, in Guy and st pocatello fucks of eastern North America. Outside its natural range, the foliage can suffer from damaging windburn.

A wide range of horticultural varieties have been selected, especially in Europe, including blue, compact blue, powder blue, hazel smith, pendulum—or gaint, and Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin cultivars. The giant sequoia was first brought into cultivation in Britain in by the horticulturist Patrick Matthew of Perthshire from seeds sent by his botanist Wilmington delaware giant needs some lovin John in California.

Growth in Britain is very fast, with the tallest tree, at Benmore in southwest Scotland, reaching Biddulph Grange Garden in Staffordshire holds a fine collection of both Sequoiadendron giganteum and Sequoia sempervirens coast redwood.

An avenue of giant sequoias was planted in near the town of CamberleySurreyEngland. The trees have since been surrounded by modern real estate development. Numerous giant sequoia were planted in Italy from through