Identification: What two cones near Black Mountain, WA

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    This cone was on a display asking for names of unknown cones, at the Black Mountain Forestry Museum on Silver Lake Road, above Maple Falls, in Washington State. Two of us thought cypress. Is there any way to guess the species from so little information? For both of these, we have no idea what the source was, whether they were planted or native.
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    The guide showed me this other cone they were trying to identify. The scales are woody.
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    1 - Cupressus macrocarpa; cultivated, or imported.
    2 - Araucaria araucana; dried foliage, not a cone.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thanks, Michael! It doesn't even surprise me any more that I could mistake foliage for a cone, but I'm not the first to fall for that.
     

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