Description:Pines are tall evergreen trees to 40 m high with rough and ridged brown bark and whorls of branches. The leaves are needle-like, in groups arising from the axils of basal scale leaves, the needle-like leaves and scale leaves falling together as a unit. The inflorescence is of separate male and female cones, both on the same tree. The male cones are small and spike-like with numerous tiny bracts each having 2 pollen sacs. The female cones are larger with numerous larger bracts each with 2 ovules. The fruiting cones are large and woody, more or less egg shaped and 70-250 mm long, they take 1-2 years to mature and eventually open to release the small winged seeds.
Species:Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis)
Plants of similar appearance:Possibly confused with Callitris (Rottnest Island Pine), but Callitris is a smaller tree to 6 m high, its leaves only obvious in young shoots as they become fused to the stem with age leaving only small scale-like tips free. The cones are also smaller, 25-35 mm long and globular.
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