Close-up of a pine cone

Close-up of a pine cone

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This image is part of the feature Spirals In Nature

Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: Macrophotograph of the undersurface of a cone (stroboli) from a pine tree (Pinus sp.). Individual scales are arranged in two spiral series which cross over in centre. Pines belong to the family of evergreen conifer trees. The cones comprise the trees' reproductive structures and occur in two forms, male and female. The male cone called the staminate is small and short-lived, and bears the pollen. The female or ovulate cone is larger and requires considerably longer to reach maturity, hence remains on the tree for up to two years. Large quantities of pollen produced are dispersed by the wind.

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Keywords: botany, close-up, cone, conifer, gymnosperm, gymnosperms, nature, pine cone, pinus, plant, spiral form, strobili

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