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RE: ramial wood?

I don't mean anything by ramial wood; I just clipped that from the site
that was mentioned in the previous post.  That one's been cut from here so
I'll have to look for it a little later.  If you still have it, check it
out.  I did cuz I didn't understand the term and figured others might not

> [Original Message]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 1/3/2003 7:57:21 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] ramial wood?
> Hi Kitty,
> Clarification question on ramial wood (new term to me) - do you mean 7 cm
> 7 mm diameter?  Or maybe circumference not diameter?  7 cm diameter is
> somewhat under 3 inches and doesn't seem like a twig to me.  When I was
> little we had tons of tiny twigs on and in the soil in the woods in
> MI - if you could find a spot between the roots the soil was great.
> Thanks,
> Libby
> Maryland zone 6
> >For others:
> >  "Ramial wood" refers to twigs having less than 7 cm in diameter. They
> >contain soluble or little-polymerized lignin, the base for soil
> aggregates
> >and highly reactive humus. These small-size branches are not used as
> >firewood, even in the poorest tropical countries.
> >
> >Kitty

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