(02/27/2021)

Gary Buchanan of the Creston Community says this growing and living thing is on a small pine tree near his home. Could it be a "pineapple" ?

If you have any ideas or answers, email  bob@hurherald.com

Some Ideas:

- The thing in the pic is a praying mantis egg case.

- That is a fungus I believe from cross pollination from a fruit tree, could be wrong - Douglas Morris

- Check out google images for pine Gall Rust. - Bob Mertz - A giant coronavirus without those fuzzy things.

Mr. Bob Mertz suggested we check out Google Images for Pine Gall Rust. We did and believe it to be correct (see Google image below)

Pine Gall rust is a disease that occurs on 2-and 3-needle pine trees. The disease is caused by the fungus Endocronartium harknessii. Other names for this disease include western gall rust and Woodgate gall rust. The name “pine-pine” gall rust indicates that the fungus spreads directly from one pine to another pine and does not require an alternate host as do other rust diseases on pine. As a result, this disease can quickly become severe on individual infected trees and can also spread readily in hedges and closely spaced plantings such as in Christmas tree plantations or nurseries.


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