Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Pinus monticola -- (Western White Pine)

photos by Susan McDougall


Pinus monticola

Most often a disturbance species encountered as single trees or sometimes a few, Western White Pine is perhaps most easily recognized by its cones. But the bark of old trees is distinctive, too, as this large specimen shows. It is checkered and pale gray, somewhat thickened.

Location: Laughingwater Creek Trail, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: June 20, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Laughingwater Creek Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7580, -121.5357, 3054
Date: June 20, 2014
Pinus monticola

The long cones beside a trail often reveal the presence of a maturing tree nearby. They are the largest of any pine species at the Park. They are somewhat curved, lack prickles, and hang from the upper branches of the tree.

Location: Laughingwater Creek Trail, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: June 20, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Laughingwater Creek Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7580, -121.5357, 3054
Date: June 20, 2014
Pinus monticola

The needles are borne in bundles of five. They are flexible and colored blue-green from the stomatal lines. Western White Pine grows from the lowlands to 5,000 feet although it is most common in middle elevation forests.

Location: White River Campground, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: September 1, 2013

Author: Susan McDougall
White River Campground, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9020, -121.6449, 4313
Date: September 1, 2013

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