nurse log


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nurse log

n.
A large fallen tree on which other trees and plants sprout as the wood decays, with the roots of the seedlings often straddling the log as they grow toward the soil.
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Noun1.nurse log - a large decomposing tree trunk that has fallen, usually in a forest; the decaying wood provides moisture and nutrients for a variety of insects and plants
log - a segment of the trunk of a tree when stripped of branches
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A rotting nurse log where Fasolt died sprouts vigorous young trees, with mushrooms shooting up through the blood-stained earth.
The work features a sixty-foot Western hemlock (the official state tree of Washington) nurse log that the artist found after months of searching forests for the perfect specimen.
David Suzuki and Wayne Grady join forces in Tree: A Life Story to chronicle the life of a giant Douglas fir tree in the Pacific Northwest, from its birth in the year Edward I became king of England through its fall in 1929 and its rebirth as a nurse log.
Also on this trail was a precise row of mature trees, positioned as if in military formation along the line of the nurse log that had long since moldered away beneath them.
After a 300-foot redwood falls, it serves as a nurse log to help new seedlings grow.
Over time, the nurse log rots away, leaving a row of trees with oddly buttressed bases.
If it falls, it'll be a nurse log for a fern, or compost for a generation of trilliums, moss and lichens.
Sitka spruce requires nurse logs to get established.
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