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Plant Identification: Really big Pine cone

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OldWrangler
Spring, TX

July 22, 2013
4:15 PM

Post #9608730

I did the research and found what this tree is. I just thought I'd put this on for others to enjoy. See who can ID it first. The tree is about 50' tall, growing on the east side of Houston, TX. The lady who live there says the tree drops about 8-10 of these a year mostly hitting their roof. The biggest she has seen weighed over 7 lbs. This one I have weighs 3 1/2 lbs. I got 85 seeds from it.

So take a shot. No prize for the first unless you want a couple of seeds.

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trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 22, 2013
4:17 PM

Post #9608733

isn't it a Bunya?

edited to add a link: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54481/

This message was edited Jul 22, 2013 7:19 PM

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

July 22, 2013
6:31 PM

Post #9608873

Pinus jeffreyi...
Diana_K
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 22, 2013
9:46 PM

Post #9609041

Ditto trackinsand. Araucaria bidwillii
OldWrangler
Spring, TX

July 23, 2013
5:48 AM

Post #9609223

Why is it bidwillii and not araucana ? What makes the difference?

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 23, 2013
6:44 AM

Post #9609271

totally different cone in size and shape. A. bidwillii is the "False Monkey Puzzle".
OldWrangler
Spring, TX

July 23, 2013
11:29 AM

Post #9609560

Thanks trackinsand and others. You were the first in so do you want some seeds? Let me know.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 23, 2013
11:42 AM

Post #9609573

i'll pass but thank you very much for your kind offer.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 24, 2013
5:21 AM

Post #9610332

Ditto to Bunya Araucaria bidwillii.

A. araucana differs in having a long, slender bract on each cone scale, making the cones much more 'bristly'; see pic below:

Resin

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