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  • n. Dense low matted bushes at the tree-line.


German bent wood (Wiktionary)



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  • See also chordee

    January 17, 2008

  • Note re "Getting high" list: I added this word at John's suggestion, and a fine suggestion it was.

    January 17, 2008

  • The normal definition: German for 'twisted wood'

    This is a slightly more scientific explanation:

    Krummholz Line: Krummholz is a growth form followed the trees at locations of great environmental stress, such as high wind. At lower elevations, where more favorable conditions exist, the same species that form into krummholz grow upright. The krummholz line is the upper-most limit in elevation that trees in krummholz form exist.

    -A Definition of Treeline

    If you want to see some of the earth's most twisted trees that are easily accessible, come visit Rocky Mountain National park and drive up Trail Ridge Road.

    April 8, 2007