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Pinus contorta
Pinus contorta variety latifolia (Lodgepole Pine)
Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Montane, subalpine. Woodlands. Summer.
Andrews Lake, July 2, 2007.

Dense stands of Lodgepole Pines colonize fire-scarred areas as a subclimax forest.  Notice in the photograph that there is little shrub undergrowth.  The trees pictured are about seventy years old and the young tree in the lower right is about fifteen.

David Douglas named this species and George Engelmann named the variety that is found in Colorado: Pinus contorta variety latifolia.  Douglas was the first to identify this tree for science from specimens he found "in swampy ground near the sea coast, and abundantly near Cape Disappointment, Washington and Cape Lookout, Oregon" in the mid-1820s.  (Intermountain Flora quotation.)

Pinus contorta variety latifolia (Lodgepole Pine)
Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Montane, subalpine. Woodlands. Summer.
Andrews Lake, July 2, 2007.

The bark of Lodgepole Pine fractures and exposes an orange layer beneath the light gray.

Pinus contorta

Pinus contorta

Pinus contorta variety latifolia (Lodgepole Pine)
Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Montane, subalpine. Woodlands. Summer.
Andrews Lake, July 2, 2007 and Taylor Mesa, July 7, 2010.

Bristle-tipped cones (yellow/orange in youth, light gray in future years) remain on the tree for a number of years.  Some cones open only in fires to disperse their seeds.  The small, flaky-looking buff-colored cylindrical structures to the right of the cone are the male, pollen-bearing flowers.  The day I took this photograph, winds were releasing clouds of pollen from the male flower.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Pinus contorta 

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