Near the summit of Snow...

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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desainme

desainme - Feb 6, 2004 12:00 pm - Voted 10/10

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

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

Dave K - Feb 6, 2004 12:35 pm - Hasn't voted

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

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.

Dean

Dean - Feb 6, 2004 1:15 pm - Hasn't voted

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

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.

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