[The Conifers of Mt. Adams]

The Spruce of Mt. Adams

The Genus Picea

Engelmann spruce photographed at the junction of roads #23 & #8810 at the southwest corner of Mt. Adams.................August 26, 2005.

Engelmann Spruce: Picea engelmannii - Needles 4-angled, about as wide as thick and measuring about 2.5 cm long. Whitish stomatal lines on all surfaces. Female cones about 4-5 cm long. Common above 3000' on the mountain.

Sitka Spruce: Picea sitchensis - Needles flatter, about twice as wide as thick and measuring 1-1.5 cm long. Whitish stomatal lines on the upper leaf. Female cones about 6-10 cm long. At this point, only seen on moist ground on the lower south slopes of Mt. Adams.
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