I have n sectors, enumerated 0 to n-1 counterclockwise. The boundaries between these sectors are infinite branches (n of them).
These branches meet at certain points (junctions). Each junction is adjacent to a subset of the sectors (at least 3 of them).
By specifying what sectors my junctions are adjacent to, I can completely recover the tree. This seems like something known, but I would like a reference to it.
The number of trees with n branches is given by http://www.research.att.com/~njas/sequences/A001003 and this is quite easy to prove.
Furthermore, if I order the sectors in the description of the junctions, I can make this representation unique.
Example: (0,1,2,3,4,5) represents the tree with only one vertex, and 6 branches connected to this junction.