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Loblolly pine pollen

Pinus taeda

Description:

Pine trees, including the common loblolly pine, produce pollen at prodigious rates in the spring. They can emit about 2.5-5 pounds of pollen over a 2-4 week period and everything outdoors is coated with a dusting of yellow powder. In the water, the pollen collects into a gunky mess. We have had a lot of rain this spring and it seems to have shortened the pine pollen season (thankfully).

Habitat:

Stumps in Jordan Lake

Notes:

Many people do not wash their cars or clean outdoor furniture, etc. for weeks until the pollen stops spreading. If you are unfamiliar with the phenomenon, it's strange to see everything outdoors covered in yellow dust.

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Maria dB
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Maria dB

North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Apr 12, 2015
Submitted on Apr 19, 2015

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