Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Callitropsis nootkatensis -- (Alaska cedar)

photos by Susan McDougall


Callitropsis nootkatensis

The common middle and subalpine elevation cedar, this species grows on rocky sites, near streams, and on slopes and openings. It is a long-lived species, with a few specimens at the Park dated at an age of 1200 years or more.

Location: White River Campground, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: July 28, 2016

Author: Susan McDougall
White River Campground, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9015, -121.6449
Date: July 28, 2016
Callitropsis nootkatensis

The branches are flattened and the scalelike leaves a bit prickly. The cones are small and rounded.

Location: White River Campground, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: September 1, 2013

Author: Susan McDougall
White River Campground, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9015, -121.6449
Date: September 1, 2013
Callitropsis nootkatensis

The grayish bark is scaly, and the downward hanging branches give the tree a drooping appearance. On old trees, the trunk is buttressed.

Location: White River Campground, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: September 1, 2013

Author: Susan McDougall
White River Campground, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9015, -121.6449
Date: September 1, 2013

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