Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Pinus contorta -- (Lodgepole Pine)

photos by Susan McDougall


Pinus contorta

There are two varieties of Lodgepole Pine at the Park. This one (variety contorta) may have been introduced by the Longmires from the lowlands, perhaps as seeds in hay.

Location: Longmire Meadow, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 16, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Longmire Meadow, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7512, -121.8128, 2710
Date: August 16, 2014
Pinus contorta

This pine is very successful at Longmire where it established itself on a hillside following a 20th century fire and also grows well in the dryer areas of the meadow.

Location: Longmire Meadow, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 16, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Longmire Meadow, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7512, -121.8128, 2710
Date: August 16, 2014
Pinus contorta

Whereas the coastal variety can be stunted, variety latifolia may reach 100 feet in height and grow in dense stands.

Location: White River valley, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: September 1, 2013

Author: Susan McDougall
White River valley, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9015, -121.6446, 4303
Date: September 1, 2013
Pinus contorta

The needles of variety latifolia are longer and yellow-green. The bark is thin and not furrowed. At the Park the two varieties are separated by range, but both grow on disturbed, dry ground, sometimes forming pure stands.

Location: White River valley, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: September 1, 2013

Author: Susan McDougall
White River valley, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9015, -121.6446, 4303
Date: September 1, 2013

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