Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Monday Morning Fruit! A newly-formed female pinecone from some sort of conifer that we came across on Lookout Crag in the Lynn Woods. This particular tree had not evolved reproductively to have insects transfer pollen, so had male cones as well. That particular apparatus was interesting in that it would let the pollen loose on the wind in great clouds of yellowish-green smoke - a more random (and haphazard perhaps) approach to fertilization. (I'll reserve comment on the males of certain species of animals and their random approaches to fertilization, as I'm dealing with trees only here.) Posted by Hello

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