Friday, February 11, 2011

Monterey pine ~ 02/11/11 ~ Jacks Peak

male cones with pollen

old female cones

pine trunks in native habitat

Monterey pine
Pinus radiata
CNPS 8th Edition Inventory
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Pinaceae

posted 02/19/11 - If you click on the first photo to enlarge it, you may be able to see the yellow pollen borne on the air to the right of the pic (no, that speckly stuff isn't due to my poor photography skills). During the last week of January, we noticed the thick annual pollen dusting on many parked cars - I wonder if there's some kind of electrostatic charge that particularly attracts pollen to the metal and glass of cars. There are many species of trees in the area, so I don't know if I can blame the Monterey pines for our non-stop runny noses. The recent rains do seem to help alleviate the allergies.

While the Monterey pine tree has been introduced around the world for lumber, apparently, the Monterey Peninsula is one of the few remaining places of native forests; it's actually considered a rare and endangered plant in California. I do find it interesting how the shape of the tree changes as it ages, from a traditional triangular Christmas tree shape when it's younger to a tall, rounded top shape once they mature.

3 comments:

texwisgirl said...

Nice series. Beautiful trees.

Jennifer said...

Great pics! I love the one with the pollen in the air and the resin dripping.

Erica Lea said...

I can almost smell the pine-scented air:-) Majestic trees, and very interesting that they're now endangered here. And, boy, that's some wicked pollen! P.S. I know, long-time, no visit - finally catching up:-)