[The Conifers of Mt. Adams]

Alpine Larch, Hackmatack, Lyall's Larch, Montana Larch, Mountain Larch, Subalpine Larch, Tamarack, Western Larch

Larix occidentalis

Synonym: Larix lyallii

Bundled needles of Alpine Larch, Hackmatack, Lyall's Larch, Montana Larch, Mountain Larch, Subalpine Larch, Tamarack, Western Larch: Larix occidentalis (Synonym: Larix lyallii)

The photo above shows a close-up of the newly emerged clusters of needles of western larch as seen along Road 82 near 2915' at the southern slops of Mt. Adams..............May 7, 2005. There are approximately 14 -40 needles in false whorls originating from short spur shoots from each branch.

Cone of Alpine Larch, Hackmatack, Lyall's Larch, Montana Larch, Mountain Larch, Subalpine Larch, Tamarack, Western Larch: Larix occidentalis (Synonym: Larix lyallii)

The photo above shows a close-up of a cone of western larch as seen at about 4100' atop the ridge dividing the Dairy Creek and Cougar Creek drainages on the southeastern slopes of Mt. Adams................October 22, 2005. Note the papery bracts beneath each scale, which have a long central point to them, somewhat reminicscent of those of Douglas fir.

Alpine Larch, Hackmatack, Lyall's Larch, Montana Larch, Mountain Larch, Subalpine Larch, Tamarack, Western Larch: Larix occidentalis (Synonym: Larix lyallii)

The photo above shows a mature western larch at about 3670' along road K6900 on the southeastern slopes of Mt. Adams.................June 12, 2005. A number of very tall, broad base larch may be seen at various locations on the southeastern slopes of Mt. Adams.

Fall foliage of Alpine Larch, Hackmatack, Lyall's Larch, Montana Larch, Mountain Larch, Subalpine Larch, Tamarack, Western Larch: Larix occidentalis (Synonym: Larix lyallii)

Fall foliage of western larch as seen atop the ridge dividing the Dairy Creek and Cougar Creek drainages on the southeastern slopes of Mt. Adams.............October 22, 2005.

Fall foliage of Alpine Larch, Hackmatack, Lyall's Larch, Montana Larch, Mountain Larch, Subalpine Larch, Tamarack, Western Larch: Larix occidentalis (Synonym: Larix lyallii)

The photo above shows the attractive golden needles of western larch as it prepares to drop its needles for the winter season. Photographed along forest road #82 near 3800' on the southeastern slopes of Mt. Adams..............October 14, 2005.

Fascicled needles of Alpine Larch, Hackmatack, Lyall's Larch, Montana Larch, Mountain Larch, Subalpine Larch, Tamarack, Western Larch: Larix occidentalis (Synonym: Larix lyallii)

The photo above shows a close-up of the newly emerged clusters of needles of western larch as seen along Road 82 near 2915' at the southern slops of Mt. Adams..............May 7, 2005.

Paul Slichter