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Near the summit of Snow Valley Peak stands a magnificient whitebark pine. I initially thought it was a Bristlecone but I had some input in identifying this species. A great snowshoe hike in March or April. This pic was taken in early April 2003 Lake Tahoe is in the background

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desainmeLike all white pines, bristlecone should have 5 needles per fascicle

desainme

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Big white pines include: Eastern White Pine, Western White Pine and Sugar Pine, My guess is that your tree is not one of those. There is Limber Pine(Pinus Flexilis or thereabouts which is "white" and small too)

Did you find "bristles" on the cones?



The following has some on the morphology of different

"Bristlecones"

http://www.sonic.net/bristlecone/growth.html

Posted Feb 6, 2004 12:00 pm

Dave KRe: Like all white pines, bristlecone should have 5 needles per fascicle

Dave K

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Dean, you won't find any bristlecones near Tahoe. You need to go east or south to the Great Basin ranges. This looks like a whitebark pine.
Posted Feb 6, 2004 12:35 pm

DeanRe: Like all white pines, bristlecone should have 5 needles per fascicle

Dean

Hasn't voted

Thanks for the input. I'll make a change to the caption and go with a whitebark pine since that sounds good to me. I've kind of gotten use to the thinking that trees near 10K feet are Bristlecones.
Posted Feb 6, 2004 1:15 pm

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