Friday, March 5, 2010

Loblolly Pine

This is a limb on our Loblolly Pine tree that  has been there for 20 years. Loblolly Pine (also known as North Carolina pine, Bull Pine, Old-field Pine,[1] or Pinus taeda ) is one of several pines native to the American South,

On Feb 7th, as I stood under it throwing the ball for Jake, I felt drops on my head and turned to stare at the beautiful rain drops clinging to every pine needle.

I spied something I had never noticed before. on one of the thingys that come  up out of the middle of every group of pine needles, there was something different. Of Course, I Madly Snapped dozens of photos and ran for Google
Can you guess what this is? Before you read further?
Every group of needles has one of these, but not the little side addtion, that is what I saw different that caused my research
It is a "female strobili" when the bud sprouts like this, it is part of cross pollination process
SAY WHAT? that is what I said when I found the definition.
In Plain English this is what I found.

1. All species of pines are monoecious (male and female structures are on the same tree)
2. this is for cross pollination, fertilization of the trees.
3. Pine trees are not male and female but the thingy's that turn into pine cones are both or either or.
If anyone wants more info that this just type in Loblolly Pine Stobili and get ready to read thousands of pages of info.

Pines Life Cycle is one of the places I found info. TO much detail for me but feel free if you care for long words and lots of detail on this subject.

Sorry I missed your blogs yesterday, and I might miss a few more until I am done with a project I am working on for the next couple of weeks
                                 See you when I see you, don't forget me.

This came to me in an email, click on Easter Tree to see something similar to my tree.


CambridgeLady said...

Love that picture and a great piece of research. Well spotted! Have a good weekend :o)

Ginny said...

Well, how srtrange. I always enjoy learning new things like this, and we do have many pine trees around here, one will be a post in the near future. Before you revealed what that dohickey is, I thought, ewwwww, some horrid new worm species! And I still don't quite understand, but am just relieved it's not a gross insect. Is this what turns into a pine cone, and if so, is it somehow different from a regular pinecone?

George said...

It's been a while since I studied any botany, but thank you for the lesson and the wonderful pictures that accompanied it.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Interesting and confusing.... I know what you mean, Sandra, about TOO much information... I was talking to George about it... Very interesting... I need to look at our pine tree here to see if it has one of those doodads....

Have fun with your project.

SquirrelQueen said...

Great photos Sandra, and good job on spotting the dohickey. I saw it but thought it was just a little oddity. That is great information, I did not know that about pines. We have some type of pine in our front yard and I will be watching for this.

I hope your project is something fun. Don't worry we will be here when you get back.