Year 2 – May 23, 2013 Pine Flower
I thought this is pine flower and to my surprise I found out that pine do not produce flowers. They have male and female cones as their reproductive organs – this condition is called Gymnosperm. Small male cones form on the tips of lower side branches where they release massive amounts of very fine, wind borne pollen that finds the larger female cones, usually on the upper branches. Once fertilized the seed forms under the female cones scales. Pine seeds are usually hidden by cone scales until released at maturity. (http://biology.clc.uc.edu/courses/bio106/gymnospr.htm)
I went to the Hershey Center today and to my surprise – I found a tiny bit of home there. The statue below originates from Indonesia and a group of Indonesian representatives are setting up exhibits for the International Festival.