Found in a walk in keystone Colorado

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whatifweplayindirt

Sugar pine cone


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reggorf56

Yes indeed. If you ask my tree worker friends, these are called pwn cones. When they fall on you from 100’ up, you get pwned. Especially when they are still green and heavier.


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mountaintime14

These are not native to anywhere in/around Keystone. OP - were you walking through town? Was this perhaps a landscaped plant?


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impeesa75

Thank you


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jackasstacular

Get a lot of them in southern Oregon. I'm a forester and I'm still amazed when I find a good one.


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vaporkillz

It always amuses me the size of one like this and then you got a redwood about the the size of 50 cent piece, funny nature.


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mandozo

Grower vs shower


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collectivdef

When i was 5 yrs old i had a very messy bedroom. My mom was making me clean it up i was clearing out under the bed with an enourmous rat! I screamed for mom who saw it and screamed. The two if us jumped up on a chair still screaming clinging to each other. We screamed until my big 7 yr brother came to save us. He was ready with his baseball bat and a laundrybasket ? Not sure if what he thought he was going to do but the rat stayed right at the back! Staring right at us with its beady eyes.....🙄we screamed and screamed until the next door neighbor man came , looked under the bed, burst out laughing, reached down and pulled out THIS EXACt PINE CONE!! 😂😂😂


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impeesa75

Love it!!


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vishuskitty

Lordy, dem seety folk dunno da diffrunce tween a varmint anna widowmaker


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heyneso

Keep it for fire starter!


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Trees_and_bees_plees

That's awesome. I have a Korean pine cone thats almost as long and twice the girth.


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impeesa75

I have heard of them, but never seen them- where they native to?


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impeesa75

Plus I’ve always wanted a Korean pine, I think they are really pretty


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CarpeGeum

Was it growing in a cultivated area? Sugar pines (Pinus lambertiana) are not native to Colorado; they're from California. We have six native pines, and all their cones are fairly small. So no worries about disrupting the tree's natural life cycle. It would be better if it didn't reseed, really.


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Agariculture

Cones of this stage are far past releasing their seeds


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SKatieRo

Wow! That is huge!


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sprokolopolis

They can get quite a bit larger too.


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sprokolopolis

The pine nuts in these are delicious.


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maledin

Are they bigger than typical pine nuts?


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just-a-melon

Oh you can actually eat them? Is that why they're called sugar pine cones?


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Vesuvias

Used to call those Windowmaker Widowmaker pine cones!


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-Kenny-Powers-

Widowmaker?


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sarahlenk

Sugar pine!


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Cornerstone_Solution

Holy hugeness!


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secondCupOfTheDay

So are those scales comparable to like actual wood in those dimensions? Could someone work it like a small scrap of wood or is it more brittle than regular wood at that thickness?


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Trees_and_bees_plees

I'm a woodworker, it's very thin and brittle so not good for much, but theoretically you could carve or burn something small onto it.


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IcarianSkies

They're pretty brittle. I don't think it would hold up well to whittling


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fire_bunny

In elementary school, we'd make bird feeders out of them by rolling it in peanut butter then cover in bird seed.


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hdcook123

absoluteunits


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FooolsGOlld

For some reason reading "keystone" and then seeing those cone pegs, I thought they looked like they could be "keys" for a musical instrument. Guess I gotta make it!


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closing_time_crabs

Living in the PNW U.S. most of my life .... TIL this is not considered a normal everyday thing to most folks.


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frupp110

babyhandstrikesagain


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sub_doesnt_exist_bot

The subreddit


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jlblessingjr

It is wild to me that some people have never seen pine cones before!


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jwhisen

OP can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think they were asking what kind of pine, not just a general "What is this thing?"


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Trees_and_bees_plees

That's a pretty massive pine cone so even if identifying plants wasn't literally the purpose of this sub, it would still be cool.


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adjkfs

It would be lovelier if it was on a stick!


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Generalmae

I want a wizard with a pinecone staff lol


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Ellacod

I’m really sorry but has anyone ever told you you have tiny hands?


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impeesa75

Omg, i totally do to, small hands, smell like cabbage


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MeHumanMeWant

Tree balls.


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mopsockets

EDIT: Thank you to the commenter who reminded me that the cone had already opened and would not disrupt lifecycle. I still say it’s bad practice to take stuff you aren’t going to use. If you just want to look at it, go back and visit it.


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jwhisen

When a pine cone is this open, it has already dropped it's seeds. OP didn't disrupt any life cycles by taking it home.


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ElizabethDangit

What do you eat?


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Flashstpz

Braindead


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Pangolin007

I agree with not taking random plants, but plants are by definition not sentient beings. Still a good idea to leave no trace (and take no trace!).


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wheeliechacha

Wow such downvote, but you did kind of leave yourself vulnerable with that sentient being crack! Maybe you meant that sarcastically?


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Showermineman

Look into the life cycle of pine trees


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Choui4

Who the heck is down voting you? And why?


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Trees_and_bees_plees

The seeds have been dispersed. Op taking this does not effect the environment in any way. Maybe If op took every pinecone in the forest, it would have an impact on the organic matter in the soil over time, but even that would be insignificant.


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Showermineman

Some type of female pine cone 🤷‍♂️ sorry isn’t much help


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TherinTelamo

Looks like enormous turd


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randycanyon

Lordy, I hope you don't have hemorrhoids.


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Mirabile_Avia

Spray paint it and put some glitter on it for Christmas!


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housepetneko

OP you could've just took a picture of it and left it. Pinecones exist for a reason


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jwhisen

When a pine cone is this open, it has already dropped it's seeds. OP didn't disrupt any life cycles by taking it home.


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impeesa75

Which is what I did


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Generalmae

It’s a single pine cone, I don’t think they’re damaging the ecosystem


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Habromania96

Thats a pinecone lol


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Pristine-Chocolate91

Now that’s a big chungus


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dkb52

I still have two of these cones that I found (open) on the ground in California back in 1985. I learned that if water is sprayed on them they close up, but will open up again when dry again. I suppose that's something all pinecones do, but dunno.


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IndividualSchedule

Omg gimme.. nothing like this in central Europe. I wish to see this in real life someday


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Petraretrograde

I found a massive pinecone about the size of a football here in Vegas a few years ago! I still have it!


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jamesluke585

Tree poop


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FooolsGOlld

If that's poop then those trees are savants of dingle berries


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lovingtate

Lol! The ones in my front yard don’t ever get that big but I would take any other tree than a pine tree if I could.


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bluebelle21

absoluteunits


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Sevv2102

Ingrown pinecone mate


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Upstairs-Ad5840

Put that on display, it'll last a life time.


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pizzagirilla

It's an empty bird feeder. Make a mix of your favorite local birds food, mix it with seut and stuff the pinecone. Peanut butter also works good as a binder for bird seed. What it really is is a decomposing large pinecone. Digger pines can drop cones this size that weigh 10 pounds. They drop them from 80 to 100 feet in the air. I'm pretty sure that's not a digger cone but it does look familiar.


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Gator1024

AbsoluteUnits


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wheresthesleep

Wow!


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obscured_by_turtles

Bunya pines, native to SE Australia but also grown in areas like Southern California, have cones that weigh up to 10kg. To increase the severity of head injuries to any person below, the tree grows to 45 meters- 150 ft.


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Eastern-Ground-9308

It's a sugar pine cone they have them here in California there's a park less then a mile from my house and I see them laying on the ground all the time there.


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DJohnsonsgagreflex

I think you need more fiber in your diet.


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Cane-toads-suck

Pine cones make great fire starters.


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dolanscott92

P I N E C O N E


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St4rBr1ght

Absolute unit of a pine cone


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[deleted]

deuce bigalow that's A HUGE BITCH!


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soulfullofsnowflakes

Wonder if I could eat it?


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Trees_and_bees_plees

You can eat the nuts. The bot will tell you not too but you can just ignore it.


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AutoModerator

Do not ingest a plant based on information provided in this subreddit.


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Explorer2004

Good grief! We have sugar pines in Indiana, and I've never seen a cone get that big!


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wildlife_bee

Sugar pine cone. Fun fact, the species is struggling to reproduce because people take so many pine cones. It’s hard to find a sugar pine under 60.


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snowmunkey

That sounds unlikely. Care to link any studies on this?