Pinus cycleatus at Bonelli Park


Between the many ducks and other waterfowl, and nitrates being washed in from upstream, the waters of the lake are especially fertile waters. They have been propitious to the growth of this one particular species of tree - Pinus cycleatus, commonly known as the Bicycle Tree, or Bicycle Pine. The species prefers to grow near the water edge, in mostly open areas with little competition from larger species. The ample sunlight and the closeness of nutrient-rich waters means that this tree bears its fruit prolifically; the fruit ripens overnight and are ready to be picked at first light, so you need to be there early. I have passed by on numerous occasions, bikes hanging from the lowest branches, and people patiently waiting for just the right moment to reach up and pull a favored morsel down.

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