Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Abies amabilis -- (Pacific Silver Fir)

photos by Susan McDougall


Abies amabilis

An important true fir of Pacific Northwest middle elevation and lower subalpine forests, Pacific Silver Fir is one of the most common conifers at the Park. Old stands often have multi-aged trees, as this is a shade-tolerant species.

Location: Sunrise Point, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: May 14, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Sunrise Point, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.91962, -121.5695
Date: May 14, 2014
Abies amabilis

The cones are bluish-purple, turning brown, and resinous. As with other Abies species, the cones disintegrate at maturity, dispersing the seeds.

Location: Sunrise Point, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: May 14, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Sunrise Point, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.91962, -121.5695
Date: May 14, 2014
Abies amabilis

The trees can reach 180 feet in height but most are smaller. Old trees have shallow furrowed bark. The needles are green above and lined with two white bands below.

Location: Sunrise Point, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: May 14, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Sunrise Point, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.91962, -121.5695
Date: May 14, 2014

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