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Who knew? In the inanimate realm, just as in our so-called animate world, it is the female genotype which presents the most interesting and observably variant features.

 

Yes, Virginia, there are male and female versions of pine - and other - cones! While the male cones are all vaguely similar and rather lackluster by comparison, the female cones are richly various and are the ones commonly used for plant identification.

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Taken on July 5, 2012