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Pinus ponderosa

Pinus ponderosa variety scopulorum (Ponderosa Pine)
Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Foothills/montane. Woodlands. Spring.
Narraguinnep Canyon Natural Area, June 18, 2007.

A mature stand of four foot diameter Ponderosas sits at the edge of the sandstone rim above Narraguinnep Canyon Natural Area.

Pinus ponderosa variety scopulorum (Ponderosa Pine)
Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Foothills/montane. Woodlands. Spring.
Blackrock Canyon, Navajo Reservation, New Mexico, May 12, 2007.

This mature, flat-topped Ponderosa, about four feet in diameter and 150 feet tall, sits in a deep fault in an igneous canyon.

Pinus ponderosa
Pinus ponderosa variety scopulorum (Ponderosa Pine)
Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Foothills/montane. Woodlands. Spring.
Lava Falls Trail, El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico, May 5, 2008. 
De-Na-Zin/Bisti Wilderness, New Mexico, April 18, 2005.

Dwarf Ponderosa Pines are found at 6,300-7,200 feet in the high desert areas of the Four Corners region.  In a collapsed lave dome in El Malpais National Monument and in the heat of the De-Na-Zin/Bisti Wilderness, Ponderosas are greatly reduced in size because of the heat and lack of moisture and nutrients.  The Ponderosa at top left is about fifteen feet tall and the bottom one is about thirty feet tall and they are both far more than a century old.

Pinus ponderosa
Pinus ponderosa variety scopulorum (Ponderosa Pine)
Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Foothills/montane. Woodlands. Spring.
Prater Ridge Trail, Mesa Verde National Park, September 26, 2010.

This fifteen foot long, majestic Pinus ponderosa is at least 150 years old.  The tree is rooted into a crevice at the upper right, some of its roots spill over the cliff (under the arched part of the reclining tree), and the top is at lower left.   As is true of all Conifers older than a few years, leaves do change to yellow and fall off the tree.   The lighter green tree, to the lower right of center, is a Douglas Fir.  Several other reclining Ponderosas grow on this rim rock hanging above Prater Canyon.

Pinus ponderosa
Pinus ponderosa variety scopulorum (Ponderosa Pine)
Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Foothills/montane. Woodlands. Spring.
Ramparts, July 7 2016.

These twin Pinus ponderosa growing in a crevice of the granite rock are just 30 feet tall but probably several centuries old.

Pinus ponderosa
Pinus ponderosa variety scopulorum (Ponderosa Pine)
Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Foothills/montane. Woodlands. Spring.
Priest Gulch Trail, September 26, 2012.

Betty and Willi are dwarfed by a massive, mature Ponderosa, one of the few left in the Four Corners region.