Lodgepole Pine

Lodgepole Pine

name = Lodgepole Pine
status = LR/lc
status_system = iucn2.3
status_ref = IUCN2006|assessors=Conifer Specialist Group|year=1998|id=42351|title=Pinus contorta|downloaded=12 May 2006]

image_width = 240px
image_caption = Pinus contorta subsp. contorta in Anacortes Community Forest Lands, Washington
regnum = Plantae
divisio = Pinophyta
classis = Pinopsida
ordo = Pinales
familia = Pinaceae
genus = "Pinus"
subgenus = "Pinus"
species = "P. contorta"
binomial = "Pinus contorta"
binomial_authority = Douglas

Lodgepole Pine ("Pinus contorta") is a common tree in western North America. Like all pines, it is evergreen.

There are three subspecies, one of them with two varieties:
*"Pinus contorta" subsp. "contorta" (Shore Pine) - Pacific Coast, southern Alaska to California
**"Pinus contorta" subsp. "contorta" var. "contorta" (Shore Pine) - Pacific Coast, Alaska to northwest California
**"Pinus contorta" subsp. "contorta" var. "bolanderi" (Mendocino Shore Pine) - Mendocino, California Coast (Near Threatened by fires, development and overland vehicles.IUCN2006|assessors=Conifer Specialist Group|year=1998|id=34010|title=Pinus contorta var. bolanderi|downloaded=12 May 2006] )
*"Pinus contorta" subsp. "murrayana" (Tamarack Pine or Sierra Lodgepole Pine) - Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada and adjacent mountain ranges, Washington south to northern Baja California
*"Pinus contorta" subsp. "latifolia" (Lodgepole Pine) - Rocky Mountains, Yukon to Colorado, Saskatchewan Aspen parkland and boreal forest. [Citation
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title = Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland
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publisher = Lonepine publishing
year = 1995
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] This tree can be 30-40 m tall, but is often much smaller, particularly subsp. "contorta", while subsp. "murrayana" can be larger, to 50 m. The leaves are needle-like, paired and often twisted, and 3-7 cm long. The 3-7 cm cones often need exposure to high temperatures (such as from forest fires) in order to open and release their seeds, though in subsp. "murrayana" they open as soon as they are mature. The cones have prickles on the scales.It is occasionally known under several English names: Black Pine, Scrub Pine, and Coast Pine. The species name "contorta" arises from the twisted, bent pines found in the coastal area.

Lodgepole Pine is the Provincial tree of Alberta, Canada. Lodgepole Pine will hybridise with the closely related Jack Pine.

"Pinus contorta" is a serious invasive plant in New Zealand.


External links

* [http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/wilderness/forest/lodgepole.htm Lodgepole Pine at bcadventure.com]
* [http://www.domtar.com/arbre/english/p_pitor.htm Lodgepole pine at Domtar Forestry corporate web site]
* [http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/projects/virtdept/ipvft/stop1.html Lodgepole forest page at University of Wisconsin] - good pictures
* [http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/syllabus/pcontorta.htm Lodgepole pine at Virginia Tech dendrology site] - good pictures
* [http://environment.guardian.co.uk/conservation/story/0,,2037147,00.html Beetle threat to Colorado's Lodgepole pines]

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  • lodgepole pine — n. A tall, narrow 2 needled pine ({Pinus contorta}) of the coastal Northwestern U. S., having a red to yellow brown bark fissured into small squares and bearing egg shaped cones. Syn: shore pine, lodgepole pine, spruce pine, {Pinus contorta}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lodgepole (pine) — or lodgepole [läj′pōl΄] n. 1. a Rocky Mountain pine (Pinus contorta) used for lumber, poles, etc. 2. its wood * * * …   Universalium

  • lodgepole (pine) — or lodgepole [läj′pōl΄] n. 1. a Rocky Mountain pine (Pinus contorta) used for lumber, poles, etc. 2. its wood …   English World dictionary

  • lodgepole (pine) — or lodgepole [läj′pōl΄] n. 1. a Rocky Mountain pine (Pinus contorta) used for lumber, poles, etc. 2. its wood …   English World dictionary

  • lodgepole pine — suktaspyglės pušies plačiaspyglis varietetas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Pušinių šeimos medieninis augalas (Pinus contorta var. latifolia), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. Iš jo gaunama derva. atitikmenys: lot. Pinus contorta var. latifolia …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • lodgepole pine — noun shrubby two needled pine of coastal northwestern United States; red to yellow brown bark fissured into small squares • Syn: ↑shore pine, ↑lodgepole, ↑spruce pine, ↑Pinus contorta • Hypernyms: ↑pine, ↑pine tree, ↑true p …   Useful english dictionary

  • lodgepole pine — noun Date: 1859 any of several pines of western North America with needles in pairs and short ovoid usually asymmetric cones: as a. a small chiefly coastal pine (Pinus contorta var. contorta) with thick deeply furrowed bark and hard strong coarse …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lodgepole pine — lodge′pole pine′ [[t]ˈlɒdʒˌpoʊl[/t]] n. 1) pln a tall pine, Pinus contorta, of W North America, having one type of cone that opens and drops its seeds every second year and another, resin covered cone that opens only when a fire burns off the… …   From formal English to slang

  • lodgepole pine — noun a straight trunked pine tree of the mountains of western North America. [Pinus contorta var. latifolia.] Origin so called because its wood was used by American Indians to construct lodges …   English new terms dictionary

  • lodgepole pine — /loj pohl / 1. a tall, narrow, slow growing coniferous tree, Pinus contorta, of western North America, having egg shaped cones that remain closed for years. 2. the wood of this tree, used as timber. [1855 60, Amer.; LODGE + POLE1] * * * …   Universalium

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