Pine pollen

A cloud of pollen being released by male pine flowers.
A cloud of pollen being released by male pine flowers.
The red female flowers are the target of the pollen.
The red female flowers are the target of the pollen.
Here you can see this year's female flowers right at the top, with the developing cones from last year a little lower and this year's male flowers at the bottom of the picture.
Here you can see this year’s female flowers right at the top, with the developing cones from last year a little lower and this year’s male flowers at the bottom of the picture.

Despite the abundance of pine pollen, it isn’t usually a major cause of hayfever – apparently it is the wrong size and shape and doesn’t contain some of the major irritant compounds. However, it is thought to have many nutritional and health benefits and is the subject of considerable research effort.

 

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