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  •  That's a good question. (5+ / 0-)

    In spite of the blanket of pollen, it's possible some female "flowers" might not get pollinated. That would be an interesting experiment though as you say it's probably too late to try isolating it this year.

    I know in the garden if flowers don't get pollinated the fruits they produce, if any, are malformed. Like cucumbers. The plant chooses not to spend energy on it.

    Lodgepole form - so different in many ways. Botanists actually call them variants, but they must still b able to fertilize each other, to be species. I lived in central Oregon or a while where there's Lodgepole, with stands like you describe, but they were hit with the pine beetle. Not all the trees died but there was a lot of space between them.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

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