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flo's avatar

The following image is the trunk of what tree?

Asked by flo (10479points) July 4th, 2013
The image at the top left side of the screen, under the “about the CFA”
I would have never thought this could be a trunk. What tree is that?

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XOIIO's avatar

I don’t think that is one.

flo's avatar

@XOIIO what is that image then?

That image is also there if you scroll down (edit: above) the heading “trunk”.

CWOTUS's avatar

My guess would be that it’s a sycamore.

fluthernutter's avatar

I was gonna guess sycamore too. CWOTUS beat me to it.

Not entirely related, but have you seen
the trunk of a rainbow eucalyptus?
They’re also pretty neat.

XOIIO's avatar

@CWOTUS Well I’ll be darned. Looked just like some pattern or something..

flo's avatar

Somebody must have glued some rocks from around the beach to the trunk as art I guess.
I can’t see that is an actual part of a tree.

Your image is on the believable side. It looks like the tree needs to see dermatologist that’s all. I don’t see a similarity between those 2 images. @fluthernutter

fluthernutter's avatar

Just realized that it says
Photo: red pine bark detail
right underneath the photo.

@CWOTUS Guess not-so-great minds think alike too. Ha.

flo's avatar

Here is images of Sycamores
Most of them look regular trunks.

I don’t see red pine bark detail or anything else under the image of the tree. All I see is the tree on my screen.

fluthernutter's avatar

@flo Right underneath
Naturely Speaking.

syz's avatar

It says “Photo: red pine bark detail”. (Doesn’t look much like these)

Made me think of the rainbow eucalyptus, which is awesomely cool. I saw them in Costa Rica and fell in love.

flo's avatar

That tree (rainbow eucalyptus).looks like it was painted on Wow.

fluthernutter's avatar

This example was pulled from a Google image search for red pine bark. I’d imagine species, seasonal changes and perspective of the photographer would account for the differences that you see.

flo's avatar

Thanks for that link @fluthernutter I’m sold now. Amazing.

But re. (“Photo: red pine bark detail”) I am baffled why I see nothing on the screen other than the tree. Are we talking about the link from @CWOTUS‘s post? .

fluthernutter's avatar

@flo Nope. Your original link in the details. Do you see Donate Now on the left hand side? Right above that.

flo's avatar

Oh okay, thanks @fluthernutter. Appreciate it.

glacial's avatar

My first guess was a red pine (mainly because your link was to a Canadian website). I’ve spent a fair bit of time staring at their bark. :)

El_Cadejo's avatar

@fluthernutter holy amazing. I need a rainbow eucalyptus tree. That’s absolutely beautiful.

jaytkay's avatar

I thought it was rocks.

After the “red pine bark” caption was pointed out, I think they chose the photo specifically for the unusual look.

Sunny2's avatar

As kids, we used to call it a camouflage tree, for obvious reasons. It’s a sycamore and it’s seeds are a 3 cm sphere on a 4–5 cm, stem. When the seeds ripen the balls turn to fluff and the wind scatter the seeds. I always thought it was a rather remarkable example of Mother Nature’s creations.

glacial's avatar

The range of the sycamore doesn’t extend into Canada. The image is from a Canadian forestry website. The photographer works for the Canadian Forestry Association.

The image is of a red pine, which is a very common tree in central and eastern Canada.

flo's avatar

Silly question:

What is the relashinship between Pine and Sycamore? Is it a Sycamore or a Pine?
Red Pine


flo's avatar

….I was thinking of the “Rose of Sharon”, (is it?) and that the Rose and Hybiscus are not related. So is it like that?

jaytkay's avatar

What is the relashinship between Pine and Sycamore?

Pine is an evergreen. Sycamore drops its leaves.

When I lved in LA we would drive to Sycamore Canyon for the novelty of leaves falling off trees in the fall.

glacial's avatar

@flo “What is the relashinship between Pine and Sycamore? ”

Pines and sycamores are only very, very distantly related. As @jaytkay mentioned, pines are gymnosperms (sometimes also called “evergreens” or conifers), while sycamores are angiosperms (or flowering plants); they drop their leaves in the fall.

The “sycamores” mentioned in the bible are more closely related to American sycamores than pines are, but they are still not very similar. The American sycamore is Platanus occidentalis, and that from the bible is Ficus sycomorus (which is closely related to roses).

flo's avatar

@glacial from your post “The image is of a red pine,...”
From @Sunny2‘s post “It’s a sycamore and…” .

CWOTUS's avatar

@flo why keep on and on about this?

The caption to the photo on your own link shows that it’s a Red Pine. @fluthernutter pointed that out pretty early on in the thread, and @glacial gave some pretty good reasons why it also probably wouldn’t be a sycamore even if the photo hadn’t been captioned. I was wrong in my assumption. Let it go.

flo's avatar

@CWOTUS I can’t disagree. I was thinking (mistakelnly) that @glacial and @Sunny2 see each other’s point anyway.

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