I stepped in closer to photograph the leaves—this a conifer, but those aren't needles...
...and that's when I spotted these!
Blooms? But on a conifer? It turns out podocarpus are generally dioecious, with the male pollen cones and female seed cones on separate plants. So I'm guessing these are early seed cones? Don't you think they look like children with their heads bent reading?
Naturally as soon as I returned home I had to go investigate my Podocarpus matudae (a gift from Sean Hogan) to see if it had any of these strange "blooms"...
Yep...there they are!
Little kids, holding a book.
Crazy! So I guess my plant is a female as well? Our neighbor to the north has a podocarpus, just a few feet from my plant. It's not a P. matudae though, interesting...
I'll be watching those little blue-headed, reading kids to see what comes of them.
Weather Diary, June 28: Hi 72, Low 56/ Precip 0
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