Pine tree from Mexico

Pine tree from Mexico

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Caption: The Jelicote or spreading-leaf pine, Pinus patula, a species of pine tree from Mexico. Pines belong to the large family of evergreen trees called the conifers. The reproductive units are the cones, or strobili, which occur in two forms, male & female (both visible here). The small, short-lived male cone, called the staminate, bears the pollen. The female or ovulate cone is larger and requires considerably longer to reach maturity, hence it remains on the tree for up to two years. The pollen is produced in large quantities and dispersed by the wind. The germinating pollen tube takes about one year to reach the egg cell and bring about fertilization.

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Keywords: botany, cone, gymnosperm, gymnosperms, nature, pine, pine tree, pinus platula, plant

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