There were several of these trees at Stover Country Park in Devon. I think they are a type of pine, but they were literally covered in cones growing directly from the branches and trunks. It almost looked like the cones had been stuck on up the trees. Any information would be welcomed.
I think these may be Monterey pines, Pinus radiata.
The "cones are serotinous, i.e. they remain closed until opened by the heat of a forest fire"
Obviously in S. Devon, the chance of a forest fire is pretty slim, especially given recent years' weather. So not only will they remain closed, they'll remain on the tree - as the twigs turn to branches...
But - I don't know how many other pines do the same thing.
So P. radiata is merely one candidate, though it is one of the more common ones.
Interesting info. Thankyou Mike. And yes, you are quite right .. the liklihood of any lengthy spell of sunshine here in Devon gets lesser by the day. But as regards the pine, the cones do look very much like Monterey pine cones. Thankyou for your help.
Having made the suggestion, I should have advised checking characters of your particular cones, needles, etc. with that species. But I guess that'd be obvious to you anyway.