Tuesday, February 10, 2009

100 Species # 35

Specimen #35

Coast Douglas-fir
Pseudotsuga menziesii

Found in a WDM neighborhood.

Photo by me (apologies for waiting until after dark to whip out the camera for a pic. the coloring is substandard.)

During our study of _Discover Nature in Winter_ in tandem with _Winter Tree Finder_, I found that I needed yet another book, _Reader's Digest North American Wildlife_ to positively identify this specimen. We were all puzzling over the cone -- a three pointed bract sticking out of the scales. We thought the tree was a fir because of the needle habit but the cone was a puzzler.

The "coast" in the tree's name refers to the west coast, where it will naturally grow up to 250 ft. tall, rivaling the redwood. If you do not have the books I mentioned above, you can always try here. Since it at about.com, you have to tolerate annoying ads.

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