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Pinus torreyana

Pinus torreyana Parry ex Carrière

 

Torrey Pine

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
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”
SpeciestorreyanaNamed for botanist and discoverer John Torrey

About plant names...

These endangered pines are found in the wild in only two small regions of the west coast of California.

Identification: Trees are 49-75' (15-23 m) tall, typically crooked and irregular in shape because of winds from the ocean. Bark is red-brown to purple-red, and deeply furrowed. Needles, usually five per group, are typically 8-12" (20-30 cm) long × ¹/₁₆" (2 mm), dark green, sometimes slightly twisted. Cones are heavy, oval or nearly round, 4-6" (10-15 cm) long, and yellow- to red-brown.

For further information, see the Pinus comparison tables.

Online References:

Pinus torreyana on The Gymnosperm Database

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

Pinus torreyana on Blue Planet Biomes

Pinus torreyana on ARKive: Images of Life on Earth

Pinus torreyana on CalPhotos

Pinus torreyana at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Pinus torreyana at the Encyclopedia of Stanford Trees, Shrubs and Vines

Pinus torreyana at the Theodore Payne Foundation

Pinus torreyana on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

References:

Sibley, David Allen, The Sibley Guide to Trees, Alfred A. Knopf, 2009, p. 34

Pinus torreyana (Torrey Pine)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 9½ × 6½' (2.9 × 2.0 m)

Pinus torreyana (Torrey Pine)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Pinus torreyana (Torrey Pine)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 3 × 2' (98 × 65 cm)

Pinus torreyana (Torrey Pine)

Rachel McCarty, a horticulturist at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, explains that this is a “witch’s broom," a genetic or viral anomaly or some other abnormal response. · 2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA

Pinus torreyana (Torrey Pine)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 5 × 3½' (1.6 × 1 m)

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

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Pinus torreyana (Torrey Pine)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 16 × 11" (41 × 27 cm)

Pinus torreyana (Torrey Pine)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 10 × 6½' (3 × 2 m)

Pinus torreyana (Torrey Pine)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA

Pinus torreyana (Torrey Pine)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 3½ × 2½" (9.3 × 6.2 cm)

Pinus torreyana (Torrey Pine)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 3 × 2" (8.4 × 5.6 cm)

Pinus torreyana (Torrey Pine)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA

Pinus torreyana (Torrey Pine)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA

Range: Zones 8-10:

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