Sunday, September 1, 2013

Binomen Art – Pinus (Pine)

Left: Pinus Spelled with Pinecones; Right: Ponderosa Pine Cone
Pinus Spelled with PineconesPonderosa Pine Cone
Pinus Ponderosa (ponderosa pine) has three needles per fascicle. Fascicles are present in all pines and the number of needles per fascicle are a key identification characteristic. In Trees & Shrubs of Washington there is a handly key to evergreen trees that shows the number of needles for a few different pines. This pine is near Lake Wenatchee. The owners of the cabin where we were staying looked at me funny as I collected pinecones.

Left: Fascicles of Ponderosa Pine; Right: Looking Up to the Crown of a Ponderosa Pine
 Fascicles of Ponderosa PineLooking Up to the Crown of a Ponderosa Pine Key to Evergreens (fromTrees & Shrubs of Washington)
Key to Evergreens (fromTrees & Shrubs of Washington)

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