A grove of aspen … A natural community
Most quaking aspen trees reproduce asexually by producing clones of the original tree from an ever-spreading root network. Groves of quaking aspen are really the stems of one of the Earth’s largest living organisms. Thousands of quaking aspen trees that are genetically identical to each other can be joined underground by a single root network that can continue to reproduce and live for hundreds if not thousands of years. Quaking Aspen: Trees of the Mountain West on LiveScience
I took both the photograph above and the video below on our ranch in McCall, Idaho. The forest on the ranch enchants me and I adore spending time with the “community” of aspen.
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