The fruit is a small nut about 3–6 mm long, held in a leafy bract; the bract may be either trilobed or simple oval, and is slightly asymmetrical.
The asymmetry of the seedwing makes it spin as it falls, improving wind dispersal.
Of course, "modern" evolutionists have held these dates up for ridicule, but the Bristlecone pine research may well verify them. Some experiments have even suggested that many periods of time could have been characterized by the growth of one extra ring every one to four years, with evidence in controlled laboratory situations showing extra ring growth tied to short drought periods.
Flood and Creation Dating the oldest Bristlecone pines now living quite possibly have been growing since right after the flood. These varied conditions could allow a slightly more recent date which may even closely match Ussher's date of 2350 B. Even without adjustment, the living Bristlecones do fit well within the range of dates for the flood provided by numerous Biblical scholars.
A reported 4900-year-old tree in the Snake Ridge region of Nevada was actually discovered to be only 3000 years old.
However, some recent debate concerning the record of rings found in the dead wood has led to proposals of much older dates for the flood, and ultimately creation.
Flood dates in the range of 10,000 to 15,000 years before present have been suggested, but it could be possible that the preserved dead wood grew in the period before the flood.
The ring-growth record from the pre-flood period would also have to be as extensive as it is in the current trees in the forest.
If the dead wood was still viable for sprigs and seeds, this would explain the continued existence of the Bristlecone pine forest in the same location. This causes a little bit more problem for the Ussher dating, but it is not insurmountable.