bristlecone pine


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to bristlecone pine: Great Basin Bristlecone Pine

bristlecone pine,

common name for the pinepine,
common name for members of the Pinaceae, a family of resinous woody trees with needlelike, usually evergreen leaves. The Pinaceae reproduce by means of cones (see cone) rather than flowers and many have winged seeds, suitable for wind distribution.
..... Click the link for more information.
 species Pinus longaeva, found in the White Mountains of California. Specimens have been known to live some 5,000 years.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
But the chronology from the San Juan bristlecone pines showed something completely new:
I can't pretend anymore that I'll keep company with a Bristlecone Pine for more than an indifferent fraction of its life span.
Because bristlecone pine wood, dating back about 9,000 years, has been found, it is probable that this chronology can be extended even further back.
The trunk of a bristlecone pine can reach up to thirty-nine inches in diameter, so it is clear that there is very little growth from year to year.
Chile has 12 native tree species, including the alerce, whose typical life span (over 3,000 years) is exceeded only by California's bristlecone pine, and the araucaria or "monkey puzzle tree," the world's oldest surviving tree species.
The oldest bristlecone pine is in California's White Mountains--it's 4,767 years old--making the oldest in Bryce Canyon just a youngster, at 1,600 years old.
The oldest tree on record is a bristlecone pine on Mt.
Still, a man who had spent a lifetime nurturing exotic plants - a mountain aspen, bristlecone pine, sequoia gigantea - to make them grow at sea level knows that a sealed faucet is a sin, and that laws banning gray water are a crime against all living plants.
No, not Aerosmith--it's a 4,723-year-old bristlecone pine (Pinus called the Methuselah Tree.
ON a desolate mountain-top in California lives the world's oldest living organism - a gnarled and twisted bristlecone pine named Methuselah.
Bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California: growth and ring width characteristics.
ponderosa) (Torick, 1995); Great Basin bristlecone pine (P.