Pine pouf


Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) growth bud; note fascicle sheaths (yeah, I got that last phrase from the web…).

I especially enjoy the longleaf pine: a) when they’re tall and majestic and resemble ponderosa pines; and, b) when they’re small, essentially poufs of needles above the ground (also called the grass stage).

Interesting that these’re at each end of the life cycle….

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