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May 31, 2008 / Bo Mackison

It’s A Mystery

Mystery Pod

Can anyone out there identify this? Looks like a small tree or bush, about 2 feet high, and I found it growing in the Ridges Sanctuary in Northeastern Wisconsin’s Door County.


  1. jpt / May 31 2008 5:29 pm

    i like the blurry criss crossing

  2. jeanabaena / May 31 2008 5:30 pm

    cool plant but i have no idea what it is

  3. uphilldowndale / Jun 1 2008 2:19 am

    looks like it could be something from the pine family, but there are 100’s of them 🙂

  4. Gandalf / Jun 2 2008 1:18 pm

    Whatever it is it looks dead. 🙂 Alas I have absolutely no clue. Do you have a shot with more of the plan showing? That might help in identication. Also what was the habitat and other conditions? Sandy soil, wet, etc.?

    I don’t know that any of those will help me identify this item, but others who are smarter may be able to do so. I wonder if they can make beer out of this?

  5. Photo Buffet / Jun 4 2008 8:52 am

    My best guess is that it’s either a pine or spruce. Looks dwarfed, to have a cone and very little foilage.

  6. Karen / Sep 4 2008 4:25 pm

    It’s called a willow pine gall. A very tiny wasp lays it’s eggs in the growing tip of a willow branch, and the willow reacts by developing this growth around the egg. The egg then hatches and lives inside the gall until it matures into the adult flying stage, then chews its way out of the gall and goes off in search of a mate.

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