6 days ago
Notes on a Torrey Pine... after our big storm, I have some samples of what I read about our trees. Their needles grow in bundles of 5, and a whole cluster of them is a broom. The curling flower is the male that grows in the lower branches, the lipstick flower is female, which in 3 years time can produce a mature pine cone. The pine cones hold the hard, edible piñones. Because the male flowers’ pollen blows from the low branches and the female is in high branches, the pollen rarely reaches the flowers above, but travels to other Torrey pines... this ensures cross-pollination and diversity.
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