Aleppo Pine's cones come in 2 shapes:
"regular" ones - which open and spread the seeds, from which new trees will grow.
narrow ones - they remain closed on the tree. they wait for really strong heat - i.e. wood-fire - to come. once the woods burn, these pine cones burst open and shoot their seeds all over. and yes, they shoot. don't be near them.
after the fire, these seeds will be the first one to sprout, so new pine trees will grow.
''Pinus halepensis'', commonly known as the Aleppo pine, is a pine native to the Mediterranean region. Its range extends from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Spain north to southern France, Malta, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, and Albania, and east to Greece. There is an outlying population in Syria, Lebanon, southern Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and Palestinian territories.