Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lodgepole Pine [Pinus contorta]
A very important evergreen in the Rocky mountain west.  Named for the use by the indians who used this tree for the small diameter straight growing trunks that made up their tepees or know as Lodge poles.  These trees have serration's cones that mean the cones  open with heat such as in a forest fire releasing their seed that then germinate on burned soil regrowing a forest.  The year after the fires of "88" in Yellowstone the land was covered in new growth of Lodgepoles.  today these trees are quite tall with their extraordinary growth. 

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