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Botanical Nerd Word: Strobile

Strobile: A cone or an inflorescence resembling a cone, as in hops.*

Hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) gets its common name because it’s fruits look just like hops. They are both examples of strobiles.

*Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary (2nd ed.). Spring Lake: Spring Lake Publishing.

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