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DID YOU GUESS IT??

Pollen on a Scots Pine Tree
This Can You Guess It?? photo appears in the July 2005 Nebline Newsletter.

Pine PollenThe pollen sacs on this Scots (pronounced "Scotch") pine tree are really modified needles. When the pollen sacs fall off, a gap is left on the stem between the needles on the end and the longer needles (see photo). This contributes to an undesirable twiggy appearance.

In Nebraska, you'll see pollen sacs in May and often times on trees that are under stress from such things as drought.


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