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Cupressus abramsiana

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The scene aboveground

Site: UCSC Arboretum

C. ambramsiana is a densely branched conifer commonly growing to 10m in height, and branching almost to the ground. Native to the Santa Cruz mountains, this tree can be found growing on dry south-facing slopes at 1600-2500ft.


The scene belowground


Mycorrhizal colonization of root clump


Zoom in on mycorrhizal roots; note the mystery invertebrate in the lower left corner


Dense hyphal mats...the invertebrate is much more visible


Full zoom on above...notice the contrast between colony densities


Root; black and white


Color photo of above root...notice red tones typical of coniferous roots


Hyphal mats on thin, branched roots.


Zoom of above image


Intense mycorrhizal colonization. The roots are hard to distinguish.


Red root.


Red root 2.


Zoom in on the tip of above root.


New root tip formation. Notice the fleshy tissue.


Zoom in on above tip.


Red root tip.


Young root.


Zoom in on above image.



Last updated: 5/08/02
Authors:Michael Lebeck and Nick Bader