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FamilyPinaceae - Pine
Elevation5000 - 9500
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GroupNative Pine Species of New Mexico and Arizona

pinus ponderosa Lawson & C. Lawson var. brachyptera (Engelm.) Lemmon

PIPOB3 Full Range
Ponderosa subspecies
Common Names: aka Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine; Southwestern Ponderosa Pine.

Habitat: On the Kaibab Plateau and atop the Mogollon Rim, it often forms nearly pure stands covering tens of thousands of acres. The forest stretching from near Flagstaff along the rim to the White Mountains region is the largest ponderosa pine forest on the continent.

Flowers: Monoecious; males yellow-dull red, cylindrical, in clusters near ends of branches; females reddish at branch tips.

Description: up to 50' tall. Bark: Very dark (nearly black) on young trees, developing cinnamon colored plates and deep furrows. rough.

Needles Evergreen, 5 to 10 inches long, with three (sometimes 2) tough, yellow-green needles per fascicle. (NOTE:Fascicles are "clumps"). When crushed, needles have a turpentine odor sometimes reminiscent of citrus.
Comments: a widespread and very variable pine native to western North America. closely related to Arizona Pine (Pinus arizonica). Currently stressed by drought and bark beetle.

Sources: Wikipedia, Virginia Tech Forestry Dept.; CP-LUHNA project at NAU
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