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Abie concolor

White Fir, Abies concolor, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed at Reynold's Canyon, Sierra Ancha, Gila Co., Arizona, USA. June 2010.

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CONES: The ovoid to cylindrical cones have 100 of more tightly spaced scales. The scales become relatively soft and disintegrate readily when the cones mature.

LEAVES: Leaves are flattened needles not in fascicles - arrayed singly along the stems and arrayed more-or-less in a plane. Aromatic when crushed like citrus or camphor.

TREE: Reaches rather large proportions (40m) in old-growth forest. But in most areas that are easily accessible, second growth, smaller trees prevail.

RANGE: Widespread in in the upper half of the elevational range of ponderosa in Arizona and extending into the lower spruce zones. Widespread across the Mountains of western North America south into northern Mexico.

UNARMED. Thornless.

Pinaceae -- Pine Family

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