Introducing…the plant that releases clouds of pollen

May 20, 2011
Author: Tom


As part of our Freaky Nature season, we introduce you to the weird and wonderful world of plants – poisonous ones, spiky ones, carnivorous ones and even exploding plants.

Today’s freaky specimen: Stone Pine
(Pinus pinea)

Found growing in the Mediterranean regions of the world, the Stone Pine has an explosive surprise hiding inside its male cones: a sharp tap on one will release a huge cloud of pollen. In nature, this job is carried out by the wind, which disperses pollen from the tree and goes on to land on the female cones. Three years after pollination the pine produces seeds (the longest maturation period of any pine). The life cycle of this plant continues as the seed germinates and grows into a large tree that produces pollen.

The Stone Pine is probably better known for its edible seeds, or ‘pine nuts’, which are used widely in Mediterranean cooking.You can find the Stone Pine growing in the Mediterranean Biome at Eden.

You can find the Stone Pine growing in the Mediterranean Biome at Eden.

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  1. Louise says:

    A magnificent plant which I will avoid for fear of sneezing. Had no idea this was where pine nuts come from.

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