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Larches of the world

Larches are deciduous conifers found in temperate and boreal regions of the northern hemisphere. Some 10-14 species exist (depending on the authority some may not be “true” species). These trees often turn a brilliant golden color in the fall shortly before dropping their needles for the winter, and have delighted many hikers and climbers. Many species grow under harsh conditions high in the mountains, making for great photographic opportunities. This album is meant to highlight larch throughout the world, and I know many members have great larch pictures, so please post them here.

A few places where larch can be viewed

Enchantments The Enchantments

Bitterroot Range The Bitterroot Range

Glacier National Park Glacier National Park

Lolo Peak has a Research Natural Area where western larch (Larix occidentalis) and subalpine larch (Larix lyallii) hybridize.


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kyledod - Oct 27, 2006 4:12 am - Hasn't voted

Re: oh boy

The larches are also my favorite, I have started planning fall trips the last few years just to see them. Thanks for the pictures.


desainme - Oct 27, 2006 3:33 am - Voted 10/10

No Larix laricina in Ohio

Several of these line Sandy Stream Pond and would thus complement Turner Mtn. in Baxter Park, but I have never been there in the fall.


kyledod - Oct 28, 2006 3:36 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: No Larix laricina in Ohio

Besides the Larix laricina in the eastern U.S. there are Larix occidentalis and Larix lyallii in the west. I have not yet seen Larix laricina in the fall either.

Lee Stamm

Lee Stamm - Oct 28, 2006 3:05 am - Hasn't voted

Love 'em

Soft green in the summer, and shining gold in the fall. An autumn walk through a grove of backlit, glowing golden larches is an experience to be treasured.


kyledod - Oct 28, 2006 3:36 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Love 'em

Thanks, that has been exactly my experience.


rasgoat - Oct 29, 2006 1:37 am - Voted 10/10


These trees are something I heven't seen before. Truly an awesome tree!!!!! and great pics! Thanks for introducing me!


kyledod - Nov 5, 2006 4:15 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow

Thanks, these are an amazing tree to see in the fall. At least for the 2 western species in North America although they can be abundant where they are found, they have a fairly limited range.

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