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Botanical Nerd Word: Umbo

Umbo: A blunt or rounded protuberance, as on the ends of the scales of some pine cones.

Some pines have very pronounced umbos that can be quite prickly.

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

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