John Muir


[Theodore P.] Lukens


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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


Martinez [Calif.]

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