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bristlecone pine

bristlecone pine, common name for the pine species Pinus longaeva, found in the White Mountains of California. Specimens have been known to live some 5,000 years.
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bristlecone pine

[‚bris·əl‚kōn ′pīn]
(botany)
A small slow-growing evergreen tree of the genus Pinus that grows at high altitudes in the western United States, having dense branches with rust-brown bark and short needles in bunches of five and thorn-tipped cone scales. The two types are P. longaeva, which lives longer than any other tree (over 4000 years), and P. monophylla, the single-leaf pinyon.
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