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Apollo Fir Traditional Geocache

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Hidden : 03/30/2010
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Geocache Description:

Flat easy walk in a popular Park near Ben Lomond, taking you to this rare tree. A continuation in my series on native trees.


The Apollo Fir, Abies cephalonica var. apollinis, is a rare deciduous fir tree native to the Northern Greece.

It has the largest needles of all Fir trees, measuring a little over 6” long, which are twisted like fine corkscrews and tipped pure white. The needles are shed in the spring, and the new buds appear a month later once the flowers have died.

Its flowers are of the deepest red and they hang in tiny clusters at the very tips of the branches so that they can be wind pollinated.

The fir cones, although very small and insignificant, grow in great abundance during the summer months, and are lemon yellow in color.

The bark is scaly, peeling, and white, and the trees white branches are in great demand by florists. Being the tallest and fastest growing of all Fir trees the Apollo Fir grows to a height of 120 ft in only 20 years, but the trunk twists like a corkscrew, so it is not suitable for use commercially. At maturity the tree spreads 90 - 100 ft, and its deep tap roots can find water in the driest of conditions.

A rare tree, native to Northern Greece and greatly sought by Botanical Gardens and Firtums throughout the world.

Cache contents include:
Pocket book on Evergreen trees
Green tree air freshener
Fir essence candles
Fir cone keyring
Wooden pine dollhouse chair
Bonsai instruction book
Bonsai dish
Fir tree shaped sequins
Wooden beads

Please keep the theme going -
and read the additional hint.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ernq vg .... irel pnershyyl. GERNG VG NF N CHMMYR PNPUR. Whfg yvxr gur arrqyrf gurer vf n gjvfg gb guvf pnpur.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)