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Conifer Cone core - ID, anyone?

Observed: 21st April 2013 By: Rachy RamoneRachy Ramone is knowledgeable about PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in PlantsRachy Ramone’s earned reputation in Plants
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For the second time I have found these cores in woodland, and not been able to work out which tree they came from.
I am pretty sure that they are the central cone of a conifer, stripped of the scales - but I could be wrong!
They are about 6" long, and the stubs are spirally arranged.
In this location there were Sitka Spruce and Douglas Fir, I tried hand-stripping some of their fallen cones and found it impossible to get the scales off cleanly.
Suggestions, anyone?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Norway Spruce (Picea abies) interacts

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markwilson's picture

cone

Rachy

Could they be male walnut flowers?

Mark Wilson

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Walnut?

Hi Mark,

No, I don't think so - no sign of any Walnut trees at either place.

Perhaps I should have said that they were hard: inflexible, woody.

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rmjhassall's picture

looks like a spruce cone that

looks like a spruce cone that has been stripped by a squirrel

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Entirely possible, Richard,

...thank you for the suggestion.

If so, this proves that squirrels have really strong teeth!

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Apparently it might be mice...

..I was doing some internet research, and it's possible that it's mouse-nibbled, rather than squirrels.

This particular one can't be Norway Spruce, as there weren't any in that part of the wood: but there were Sitka Spruce, which also have long thin cones.

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How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY