Plant ID forum→Is this a Limber Pine?

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Colorado
Junior_Surgeon
Jun 17, 2021 9:08 AM CST
I have been trying to ID this tree and I tentatively think it may be a limber pine. The tree was found near the top of Iron Mountain next to Glenwood Springs CO, at an elevation of about 7,000 feet and surrounded by hundreds of other trees of the same species, which seemed to be somewhere around 40-50ft tall on average. The needles were about 1.5 inches long, and gave off a butterscotch-like aroma when broken. Thanks in advance!




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Name: Kelly
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KellyFW
Jun 17, 2021 12:09 PM CST
One of the key identifying characteristics of pines are the number of needles per fascicle, or bundle. Limber pine has 5 needles per fascicle. Looking at your photos I can't determine a consistent number of needles in the fascicle but it looks more like 3. If you can determine the actual number that will be a key element in the identification. Also, if you can post a photo of the cones that would be key.
Colorado
Junior_Surgeon
Jun 17, 2021 12:52 PM CST
KellyFW said:One of the key identifying characteristics of pines are the number of needles per fascicle, or bundle. Limber pine has 5 needles per fascicle. Looking at your photos I can't determine a consistent number of needles in the fascicle but it looks more like 3. If you can determine the actual number that will be a key element in the identification. Also, if you can post a photo of the cones that would be key.


Each bundle seemed to have only two needles, and there were no cones present that I could see when I took the pictures (which of course doesn't mean there weren't any). Thanks for your help!
Name: Kelly
Redding, California (Zone 9b)
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KellyFW
Jun 17, 2021 1:45 PM CST
It has been years since I spent time in the mountains of Colorado so hopefully someone with more local experience will speak up. However, with what I'm seeing in your photos I speculate that it is Lodgepole pine (P. contorta).

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