A gymnosperm is just a cone that comes from a gymnosperm tree or plant. There are many shapes for a female gymnosperm cone: spherical, egg shaped, and cylindrical. Male cones are typically smaller than female cones because they produce pollen. While in contrast the female cones need to be larger because they produce seeds. The pine cone above is a female cone and the shape of it is cylindrical. The male cones which are located at the top of the tree produce the pollen which become wind bound and will eventually settle onto the female cones at the bottom of the tree.