Korean Fir Cones by missmoneypenny

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Korean Fir (Abies koreana) is a fir native to the higher mountains of South Korea. It grows at altitudes of 1,000-1,900m in temperate rain forests with high rainfall, cool humid summers, and heavy winter snowfall. It is a small to medium-sized evergreen coniferous tree growing to 10-18m tall. The bark is smooth with resin blisters and grey-brown in colour. The leaves are needle-like, flattened, 1-2 cm long and 2-2.5 mm wide by 0.5 mm thick, glossy dark green above with two broad, vividly white bands of stomata below, and slightly notched at the tip. The leaf arrangement is spiral on the shoot, but with each leaf variably twisted at the base so they lie mostly either side of and above the shoot, with fewer below the shoot. The shoots are green-grey at first, maturing pinkish-grey, with scattered fine pubescence. The cones are 4-7 cm long and 1.5-2 cm broad, dark purple-blue before maturity; the scale bracts are long, green or yellow, and emerge between the scales in the closed cone. The winged seeds are released when the cones disintegrate at maturity about 5–6 months after pollination.

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Comments

  • Sharon Johnstone
    Sharon Johnstoneover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!!

  • Thanks so much Sharon – I’m glad you like it

    – missmoneypenny

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 3 years ago

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 3 years ago

    Nice capture!

  • Thanks Pamela – they are beautiful purple cones when they mature

    – missmoneypenny

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroover 3 years ago

    beaautiful capture

  • Thank you – I’ll try to remember to take another shot when they are fully mature

    – missmoneypenny

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 3 years ago

    VERY VERY WONDERFULL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks Guenda – they smell lovely :O) Thanks for making it a fave

    – missmoneypenny

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    beautiful picture ;)

  • Excellent news – thank you

    – missmoneypenny

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work – Love this xx

  • Thank you Gail – and for the fave too

    – missmoneypenny

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 1 year ago

    We have a tie but you made it. well deserved :)

    Pine cones challenge

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    please consider to enter your winning picture in this group. make sure you read the rules first. if you are not a member yet, you can contact the host to ask for an invite.

  • Oh wow – excellent news. Thank you so much for letting me know

    – missmoneypenny

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful entry, Miss Moneypenny!!!! Congratulations on your Challenge Win! Gena

  • Thanks so much Gena – it was a lovely surprise. Thanks for the fave too

    – missmoneypenny

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 1 year ago

    January Feature!! Congratulations!! Beautiful work!!

  • This is great news – thank you so much, and for the fave too

    – missmoneypenny

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