Guess this tree

Pine cones and Robin Andrea

Robin Andrea at Dharma Bums says,

I took this ridiculous photo of myself holding these two cones. It’s a crazy self-portrait with reflections of my laptop on my glasses, but I wanted to convey the size. I named these two Ego and Id because they’re bigger than my head!

They’re from a species famous for possessing the longest cones of any conifer — and for producing the largest trees in the pine genus. Think you know what it is? Leave your guess in the comments here if you’re feeling bold. But one way or another, be sure to click through and find out.


About Dave Bonta

I live in an Appalachian hollow in the Juniata watershed of central Pennsylvania, and spend a great deal of time walking in the woods. My books of poetry include FAILED STATE: HAIBUN, ICE MOUNTAIN: AN ELEGY, BREAKDOWN: BANJO POEMS, and ODES TO TOOLS.

Posted on January 8, 2012, in Species portraits and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. This is a most fabulous advertisement! Those clever Fiat people. And I know the name of those pines — but only because I know Robin, so I won’t tell. They are glorious, aren’t they?

  2. Himalayan pine?

  3. Coulter pine? I have a bunch of these that a friend lugged home to Virginia from California. Speaking of pine cones every plant lover should see Vi Hart’s math doodling about the Fibonacci series. . . .

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