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FLAKY FIR

Abies squamata

Pine [Pinaceae]

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19th May 2011, Nr. Denshaw, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
A young specimen, in a private garden (on a public right of way).


19th May 2011, Nr. Denshaw, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Cones violet when ripening.


19th May 2011, Nr. Denshaw, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Leafy sprays taper to the tip.


19th May 2011, Nr. Denshaw, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
The bract scales of the cones project out and bend over.


19th May 2011, Nr. Denshaw, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Leaves are stiff and curve upwards leaving fewer underneath horizontal branches.


19th May 2011, Nr. Denshaw, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Cone bracts projecting oitwards and curving downwards.


19th May 2011, Nr. Denshaw, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Cones occupy the ends of branches.


19th May 2011, Nr. Denshaw, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
A fresh cone. Upper part of leaves greyish green.


19th May 2011, Nr. Denshaw, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Underneath side of leaves has two whitish strips (like many other firs, but not all). Tips of leaves have a single tip rather than two tips of many other firs.


19th May 2011, Nr. Denshaw, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
The bark is brown and flakes off, the major distinguishing feature of Flaky Fir.


19th May 2011, Nr. Denshaw, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Flakes of bark flaking off.


19th May 2011, Nr. Denshaw, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Flakes are quite thin.


Some similarities to : Hedgehog Fir and Algerian Fir which have leaves radiating around all sides of their shoots.

The major identifying feature is the flaking brown bark, but upward curving needles which have but one point at the end are other features that help to pin it down.


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FLAKY FIR

Abies squamata

Pine [Pinaceae]

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