Pinus caribaea - The Caribbean Pine

This tree is found in several Caribbean islands, but not Barbados. The pine tree with its cones is the sporophyte generation.     The female strobilus of megasporophylls which we call the "cone" is thus one of two types of cone produced by the sporophyte.
The microspores or pollen grains dispersed from the male cones are windborne. Within each pollen grain is a minute male gametophyte. From pollination to seed maturity takes about 2 years.

The mature seed is released from the megasporophyll together with a thin layer of papery tissue which was the upper surface of the megasporophyll. This tissue forms a wing, aiding in seed dispersal.