Winter botany quiz #3

I won’t be coy about the location of these trees, all of which were photographed within the Lake Tahoe Basin during my recent trip. A further clue: I have already alluded to these species in a previous post. Once again, comment moderation has been turned on to give everyone a fair shot, and I’ll let the quiz go for a couple days or so. I think this quiz will be easier for my North American readers than Winter botany quiz #2, but maybe still harder than Winter botany quiz #1. Anyone who can correctly identify all six species wins my undying admiration 😉

EDIT: Pedant that I am, attention to nomenclature will serve as a tie-breaker if needed.



HINT: Needles in bundles of 3 and about 10" long.



HINT: Needles in bundles of 3 and about 10" long.



Cones for #1 (left) and #2 (right).



HINT: Needles in bundles of 2 and about 2" long.



HINT: Needles in bundles of 5 and about 4" long.



HINT: Needles in bundles of 5 and about 4" long.



HINT: Needles in bundles of 5 and about 3" long.

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About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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5 Responses to Winter botany quiz #3

  1. DougT says:

    #1 Ponderosa Pine
    #2 Jeffrey’s Pine
    #3 Lodgepole Pine
    #4 Sugar Pine
    #5 Western White Pine
    #6 Bristlecone Pine

    Many of these are the source of fond memories of backpacking in the Sierras.

  2. Tom says:

    Ted- These are beautiful specimens. It has been a while since I studied western conifers, so I’m going to appreciate their botanical beauty and not wager any guesses.

  3. dtsh says:

    Best guess effort on some of these, but here goes:
    #1 Jeffery pine Pinus jeffreyi
    #2 Coulter pine – Pinus coulter
    #3 Lodgepole pine – Pinus contorta
    #4 Western white pine – Pinus monticola
    #5 Sugar pine – Pinus lambertiana
    #6 The Larch – Larix decidua monty pythoni

    Honestly no idea what #6 is

  4. Very cool trees.

    These trees are so majestic.

    They look huge.

  5. Congratulations to DougT, who nailed all but the last one! #6 is whitebark pine, Pinus albicaulis (bristlecone pine was a good guess, though).

    Nice attempt by dtsh, who came up with four correct names (only one of them was associated with the right picture, but it was a nice try). He does get extra credit for including both the scientific name and common name in each of his answers.

    I’ll have more about these species in a forthcoming post.

    Thanks for playing everyone!


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