bristlecone pine

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bris·tle·cone pine

Either of two small slow-growing pines (Pinus aristata or P. longaeva) found at higher elevations of the western United States, having needles in fascicles of five. Specimens of P. longaeva in east-central California are among the oldest known living trees, achieving ages well over 4,000 years.

bristlecone pine

(Plants) a coniferous tree, Pinus aristata, of the western US, bearing cones with bristle-like prickles: one of the longest-lived trees, useful in radiocarbon dating

bris′tlecone pine′

a small pine, Pinus aristata, of the high S Rocky Mountains, bearing cones with spine-tipped scales: believed to be the oldest living trees.
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Noun1.bristlecone pine - small slow-growing upland pine of western United States (Rocky Mountains) having dense branches with fissured rust-brown bark and short needles in bunches of 5 and thorn-tipped cone scalesbristlecone pine - small slow-growing upland pine of western United States (Rocky Mountains) having dense branches with fissured rust-brown bark and short needles in bunches of 5 and thorn-tipped cone scales; among the oldest living things some over 4500 years old
pine, pine tree, true pine - a coniferous tree
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The tree is only three centuries years younger than the long-vaunted old-timer, Methuselah, a bristlecone pine tree in California's White Mountains, which is 4,849 years old.
Caption: Below: A stream flows through the Ansel Adams Wilderness at 10,000 feet above sea level and what is traditionally known as timberline by backpackers--sparsely forested, granite outcrops and garden-like settings; right: Bristlecone pine forest between 10,00 and 11,000 feet above sea level, a few miles south of Forester Pass
Valerie depicts the specific trees who call to her: Bristlecone pine, Sierra Juniper, Limber Pine--trees of the Great Basin, particularly the ones growing at high attitudes.
Among the most ancient known trees in the world are a Norway spruce in Sweden, "Methuselah," a bristlecone pine in California, a llangernyw yew from Wales, the Sarv-e Abar, a cypress in Iran, and "General Sherman," a sequoia from northern California.
That distinction belongs to a bristlecone pine in California's White Mountains, which is over 5,000 years old.
The center gathers seeds from five native white pine species - western white pine, sugar pine, whitebark pine, limber pine and bristlecone pine.
One specimen of Adansonia digitata was carbon dated to an age of at least 1,275 years, falling short of the legendary bristlecone pine but easily taking the record for the oldest flowering plant.
arizonica), Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii), and bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata) occurred at elevations >2,440 m on the San Francisco Peaks.
The world''s tallest tree is California's coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) The world''s oldest-growing tree is a bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata)
A multi-faceted approach describes the voice, function, and beauty of each tree or family of trees chosen to represent North American trees of the west Twelve sections in four chapters present the Coastal Redwood, Pacific Madrone, Old Growth Forest, California Sycamore, Mexican Elder, California Bay Laurel, Incense Cedar, Mountain Mahogany, Sequoia, Quaking Aspen, Bristlecone Pine, and Gambrel Oak/ Western Serviceberry tree groups.
Methuselah, a Great Basin bristlecone pine, can be found in Inyo County, California.
Literally nothing is older than a bristlecone pine tree: The oldest and longest-living species on the planet, these pine trees normally are found clinging to bare rocky landscapes of alpine or near-alpine mountain slopes.