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Legend of dangerous cones?
An item which might be worth including on the page for the Jeffrey Pine, but I have only heard this (folk legend), so it needs to be verified before inclusion. The pinecone of the mature Jeffrey Pine is so large and heavy that it has knocked out (or even killed) people when they are hit by the pinecone falling from the tall tree. SaturnCat (talk) 23:24, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
- In that the largest cones are less than ten inches long, I suspect a different pine (perhaps Coulter pine) is meant.--Curtis Clark (talk) 03:24, 12 June 2009 (UTC)
I edited the page to add an image of a stand of Jeffrey Pine growing east of the Sierra Nevada. The image shows different age classes of Jeffrey Pine, and it provides a better view of a mature specimen.jhodlof —Preceding undated comment added 18:12, 24 August 2009 (UTC).
Edit to improve sort order in category Pinus
I edited this to change the sort order on the page for the Category:Pinus. It had been set to alphabetize under Pine. That might make sense for categories where there are a lot of trees and a few of them are pines; then all the pines group together. But on the page where everything is a pine, it made more sense to alphabetize under Jeffrey. 220.127.116.11 (talk) 15:07, 13 April 2010 (UTC)Stephen Kosciesza
Description (smell) of Jeffrey Pine vs. Ponderosa pine
I would like to see someone who is familiar with both Jeffrey and Ponderosa pine edit the descriptions of the smell of both in both articles. I am not familiar with Jeffrey Pine, but I am personally familiar with the smell of Ponderosa Pine. It smells like vanilla to me and other people I know. I usually need to get my nose right next to the bark to smell it, but sometimes it is noticeable in a grove of trees on a hot day. The decriptions in both articles seem confusing and wrong to me because of this personal knowledge. Maybe Jeffrey has a stronger, more obvious smell or something else to distinguish it, but as they both seem to have the vanilla component, could someone please edit both articles appropriately? Feel free to delete this post after the editing is done. Thanks, Arthropod (talk) 04:03, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
Personal familiarity isn't the key factor here: that would be original research, which goes against the guidelines of the encyclopedia. Given that perceived scent may vary by person, and that people may mix up Ponderosa Pine and Jeffrey Pine, I think it's best to rely on reliable sources, such as natural history guides or botany guides. If you can find a reliable source that says that Ponderosa Pines smell like vanilla, then we can put that in. In the meanwhile, we have a reliable source that says that Ponderosa Pine does not smell like vanilla (Schoenherr's Natural History of California). Editors at Talk:Ponderosa Pine have not yet found reliable sources that say that Ponderosa Pines smell like vanilla. —hike395 (talk) 05:18, 18 October 2011 (UTC)