June 15, 2012 post by Tokyo University emeritus professor Satoshi Mori with summarized translation by EXSKF:
Mori explains that some branches bear only male flowers while others bear only female flowers.
But what he found in the cedar tree in Hitachinaka City was asymmetrical, malformed branches with both male and female flowers.
- Male flowers growing on top and at the bottom of a female flower
- Female flowers were the odd ones out, Professor Mori says, because this branch was supposed to bear male flowers
- Symmetry is totally lost in this different male branch
- Callus in the center, with necrosis of male flowers
Professor Mori suspects that the growing point of the cedar tree was irradiated, and that resulted in the developmental anomalies you see in these photos. He says more samples are needed to definitely conclude the anomalies are the result of irradiation.
Read the full report here
More photos at Professor Mori’s blog here
Published: June 15th, 2012 at 1:10 pm ET