Fagus sylvatica

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Mountain Rujište, Bosna & Herzegovina, Bukva/Beech/Fagus sylvatica, August, 2017.

”Every tree, therefore, is valuable to the community and worth keeping around for as long as possible. And that is why even sick individuals are supported and nourished until they recover. Next time, perhaps it will be the other way round, and the supporting tree might be the one in need of assistance. When thick, silver-grey beeches behave like this, they remind me of a herd of elephants. Like the herd, they, too, look after their own, and they help their sick and weak back up on to their feet. They are even reluctant to abandon their dead.” Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of the Trees, Penguin Random House India, 2016, p. 5

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”They really do struggle with each other for local resources. But it’s different for trees of the same species. I’ve already mentioned that beeches are capable of friendship and go so far as to feed each other. It is obviously not in a forest’s best interest to lose its weaker members. If that were to happen, it would leave gaps that would disrupt the forest’s sensitive microclimate with its dim light and high humidity. If it weren’t for the gap issue, every tree could develop freely and lead its own life. I say ‘could’ because beeches, at least, seem to set great deal of store by sharing resources.” ibid., p. 19

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Cocoon (Mirela),  August, 2017.
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