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Pinus taeda

Pinus taeda L.

 

Loblolly Pine, North Carolina pine, Oldfield Pine, Bull Pine, Rosemary Pine

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionConiferophytaConifers—cone-bearing trees (and a few shrubs)
ClassPinopsidaGymnosperms such as cedars, Douglas-firs, cypresses, firs, junipers, kauri, larches, pines, hemlocks, redwoods, spruces, and yews
OrderPinalesCone-bearing plants: cedar, cypress, fir, juniper, larch, pine, redwood, spruce, yew, and others
FamilyPinaceaePine family: cedars, firs, hemlocks, larches, pines and spruces
GenusPinusLatin for “pine”
Speciestaeda

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Loblolly pine is native to southeastern North America. It prefers hot, humid summers and mild winters.

Identification: Trees are 60-90' (18-27 m) tall, with a typically straight trunk 16-59" (40-150 cm) in diameter. The bark on mature trees has furrows. The largest known tree is 182' (55 m) tall. Needles occur in groups of three, and are 4½-9" (12-22 cm) long. The trees are monoecious (they bear both male and female flowers). Male flowers are groups of red to yellow cylinders at branch tips, each ½-1½" (1.3-3.8 cm) long. Female cones are green aging to pale brown, conical in shape, 2½-5" (7-13 cm) × ¾-1" (2-3 cm), with sharp spines ¹/₁₆-³/₁₆" (3-6 mm) long.

Online References:

Pinus taeda on Wikipedia

Pinus taeda at the USDA Forest Service's Silvics of North America site

Pinus taeda on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

Pinus taeda on The Gymnosperm Database

Pinus taeda on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook

References:

Sibley, David Allen, The Sibley Guide to Trees, Alfred A. Knopf, 2009, p. 25

Pinus taeda (Loblolly Pine, North Carolina pine, Oldfield Pine, Bull Pine, Rosemary Pine)

5/6/2011 · Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Chester, MD
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm) ID is uncertain

Pinus taeda description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Pinus taeda (Loblolly Pine, North Carolina pine, Oldfield Pine, Bull Pine, Rosemary Pine)

5/6/2011 · Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Chester, MD
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Pinus taeda (Loblolly Pine, North Carolina pine, Oldfield Pine, Bull Pine, Rosemary Pine)

5/6/2011 · Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Chester, MD
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm) ID is uncertain

Pinus taeda (Loblolly Pine, North Carolina pine, Oldfield Pine, Bull Pine, Rosemary Pine)

5/6/2011 · Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Chester, MD
≈ 11 × 7" (27 × 18 cm) ID is uncertain

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