Tuesday, March 1, 2011


These strange objects are the pollen-producing structures of a yew tree. There are separate male and female trees and at this time of year these little pollen-producing cones, known botanically as strobili, are very conspicuous on the male trees, releasing pollen that's carried on the wind to the females. Yew belongs in the division of the plant kingdom known as the gymnosperms that includes the cone-bearing conifers, but unusually it doesn't produce its seeds within a woody cone. Instead each seed is carried in a succulent red cup, which you can see by clicking here.


  1. Many thanks again Phil, as ever your enlightened postings are a pleasure to read and so informative.


  2. Hi Keith, Not a spectacular plant but it's doing its best to recognise that spring is here! All the best, Phil

  3. I simply never cease to be informed by your posts, thank you so much.