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Stone pine cone

Pinus pinea

Description:

Thick scaled pine cone lacking real knobs or thorns, shiny, squat, with large reddish "nuts".

Habitat:

Coastal temperate rain forest, likely planted in an old cabin's garden but it may be a tree at the far northern reach of its range (it's not a cone that's familiar farther north along the coast). The area tends to stay fairly warm and doesn't freeze often.

Notes:

The second photo is of the cone after being brought inside, opening, and shedding its pine nuts, a month after the first photo was taken.

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Stone Pine
Pinus pinea Stone Pine


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4 Comments

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 8 years ago

Thanks! The pine nuts out of it were almost the same size as from the gray pine: pretty substantial and hard enough to make nice beads.

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 8 years ago

This is a cone of stone pine, and the seeds inside are pine nuts (piñones). The tree is native to the Mediterranean region.

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 8 years ago

I'm wondering if it's a variant knobcone pine, or a monterey pine. The lady who planted it was known to bring in unusual plants.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Different!

shebebusynow
Spotted by
shebebusynow

Oregon, USA

Lat: 43.78, Long: -124.13

Spotted on Oct 7, 2011
Submitted on Oct 14, 2011

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