By - impeesa75
Sugar pine cone
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.
These are not native to anywhere in/around Keystone. OP - were you walking through town? Was this perhaps a landscaped plant?
Get a lot of them in southern Oregon. I'm a forester and I'm still amazed when I find a good one.
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.
Grower vs shower
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!! 😂😂😂
Lordy, dem seety folk dunno da diffrunce tween a varmint anna widowmaker
Keep it for fire starter!
That's awesome. I have a Korean pine cone thats almost as long and twice the girth.
I have heard of them, but never seen them- where they native to?
Plus I’ve always wanted a Korean pine, I think they are really pretty
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.
Cones of this stage are far past releasing their seeds
Wow! That is huge!
They can get quite a bit larger too.
The pine nuts in these are delicious.
Are they bigger than typical pine nuts?
Oh you can actually eat them? Is that why they're called sugar pine cones?
Used to call those Windowmaker Widowmaker pine cones!
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?
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.
They're pretty brittle. I don't think it would hold up well to whittling
In elementary school, we'd make bird feeders out of them by rolling it in peanut butter then cover in bird seed.
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!
Living in the PNW U.S. most of my life .... TIL this is not considered a normal everyday thing to most folks.
It is wild to me that some people have never seen pine cones before!
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?"
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.
It would be lovelier if it was on a stick!
I want a wizard with a pinecone staff lol
I’m really sorry but has anyone ever told you you have tiny hands?
Omg, i totally do to, small hands, smell like cabbage
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.
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.
What do you eat?
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!).
Wow such downvote, but you did kind of leave yourself vulnerable with that sentient being crack! Maybe you meant that sarcastically?
Look into the life cycle of pine trees
Who the heck is down voting you? And why?
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.
Some type of female pine cone 🤷♂️ sorry isn’t much help
Looks like enormous turd
Lordy, I hope you don't have hemorrhoids.
Spray paint it and put some glitter on it for Christmas!
OP you could've just took a picture of it and left it. Pinecones exist for a reason
Which is what I did
It’s a single pine cone, I don’t think they’re damaging the ecosystem
Thats a pinecone lol
Now that’s a big chungus
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.
Omg gimme.. nothing like this in central Europe. I wish to see this in real life someday
I found a massive pinecone about the size of a football here in Vegas a few years ago! I still have it!
If that's poop then those trees are savants of dingle berries
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.
Ingrown pinecone mate
Put that on display, it'll last a life time.
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.
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.
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.
I think you need more fiber in your diet.
Pine cones make great fire starters.
P I N E C O N E
Absolute unit of a pine cone
deuce bigalow that's A HUGE BITCH!
Wonder if I could eat it?
You can eat the nuts. The bot will tell you not too but you can just ignore it.
Do not ingest a plant based on information provided in this subreddit.
Good grief! We have sugar pines in Indiana, and I've never seen a cone get that big!
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.
That sounds unlikely. Care to link any studies on this?