Plants Growing on Dead Trees

There are the remains of several dead trees in our back yard. The moss-covered remains a large weeping willow cover the ground in the southeast corner of our property. This year, I discovered that Spotted Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis) was now growing on the moss-covered logs.

Picture of a Impatiens capensis plant growing from a moss-covered log
Picture of a Impatiens capensis plant growing from a moss-covered log
A picture of Impatiens capensis plants growing on a mossy log
A “forest” of Impatiens capensis plants growing on a mossy log.

Another tree blew down in a thunderstorm only a year ago, yet, already plants are growing from its remains. I’m not surprised, however. The tree trunk that fell down last year was the last trunk of three. The tree had been dying for years and there was a considerable amount of rotten wood in the core of the tree.

Picture of plants growing on a recently fallen tree trunk.
Plants growing on a recently fallen tree trunk.
A picuture of a plant growing in a cavity in a recently fallen tree trunk.
A plant growing in a cavity in a recently fallen tree trunk.

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