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Pinaceae -- Pine family

    Robert R. Alexander, Raymond C. Shearer, and Wayne D. Shepperd

    Subalpine fir, the smallest of eight species of true fir indigenous to  the western United States, is distinguished by the long, narrow conical  crown terminating in a conspicuous spikelike point.

    Two varieties are recognized: the typical variety (Abies lasiocarpa  var. lasiocarpa) and corkbark fir (Abies lasiocarpa var.  arizonica). The latter, readily distinguished by its peculiar,  whitish, corky bark, is restricted to the Rocky Mountains of southern  Colorado and the Southwest. Other common names for the typical variety  include balsam, white balsam, alpine fir, western balsam fir, balsam fir,  Rocky Mountain fir, white fir, and pino real blanco de las sierras; for  corkbark fir, alamo de la sierra (44).


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Robert R. Alexander

Source: Silvics of North America

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