Wikipedia:Picture of the day/April 14, 2005

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Picture of the day

Pine cones, male and female

A cone is an organ on plants in the division Pinophyta (conifers) that contains the reproductive structures. The familiar woody cone is the seed-producing female cone. The male cones, which produces pollen, are usually herbaceous and much less conspicuous even at full maturity.

In this image, dozens of male cones (orange and flower-like) occur in a cluster, while the female cone is still immature (olive green).

Photo credit: User:Menchi
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