Young male cones on a Scots Pine tree

Young male cones on a Scots Pine tree

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Caption: Close-up of the branch of a Scots Pine tree, Pinus sylvestris pumila, showing clusters of young, male cones (pinkish red). Pines are evergreen trees belonging to the conifer family. The cones, or strobili, are reproductive structures. In Scots Pines, the male and female cones are produced on separate branches, male cones growing at the base of new shoots, female cones at the tip. The male cone is small, short-lived, & bears large quantities of wind-dispersed pollen. The female or ovulate cone is larger & requires considerably longer to reach maturity, remaining on the tree for up to two years before releasing its winged seeds.

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Keywords: botany, christmas, cone, cones, conifer, evergreen, gymnosperm, gymnosperms, nature, of pinus sylvestris, pine tree, pinus sylvestris, plant, scots pine, strobilus, xmas

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