[Theodore P.] Lukens
as to opening attenuata cones, and the long lide of this treeMartinez, Dec. 10, 1899My dear Mr Lukens,I never shelled out the tuberculata (or attenuata as it is now called) pine seeds I only know that the cones never open until the tree dies & it seldom dies until it is attacked by fire I suppose a quick scorching of the cones would cause them to open without destroying the vitality of the seeds, but great care would be required. Perhaps a summers toasting in the sun would also be effective.The handsome tree with flat fern like branches is Abies concolor, the other as far as I can make out are the Yellow pine Douglass spruce, Libocedrus & a few Junipers & Sugar pines.Love to LottieEver Cordially YoursJohn Muir
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