Young Pine Cones
Did you know that conifers have both male and female cones? What most of us refer to as a pine cone is actually the mature female cone that has dropped its seeds. After fertilization by the male cone (which produces pollen), the female pine cone develops seed scales that act as a protective shield for the new seeds. Resin flattens the scales until the seeds are mature, at which time the cone opens and the seeds fall to the forest floor or are carried away by the wind.
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