Berkeley, June 30, 1901
Prof. Joseph LeConte just called
my attention to an article in Science
this year, by Bessey on twig-shedding in
the Cottonwood. Everyone has noticed,
in a rey region where wood is
scarce, that it is easy to build a little campfire from the numerous twigs which are found on
the ground beneath the tree.
Again in the Bald Cypress, there
is a shedding of the twigs, the
leaf-bearing twigs, the whole twig
with its attached leaves falling away;
These are beautifully seen in fossils.
Do the Redwood and Sequoia
shed twigs also? They do to a certain
extent--but with what regularity
as to season and size of twig?
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