Recent Blog Posts

Podocarpus salignus - Willow-Leaf Podocarp

  • Posted on: 10 July 2018

Based on our field explorations in southern Chile, we found this species quite rare in natural habitats. One such location was Cerro Ñielol, a miraculously saved Valdivian type of laurel-leaved forest near the city of Temuco.

Thuja plicata - Western Redcedar

  • Posted on: 18 January 2018

For our team the most memorable documentation of Thuja plicata occurred in the Pacific Northwest in a magnificent old-growth forest in the Olympic Peninsula. In the northwest, this tree can reach enormous sizes (exemplified by Quinalt Lake Cedar, height 53 m and trunk about 6 m in diameter, b.h.; data published by Robert Van Pelt, 2001).

Abies cilicica - Cilician Fir

  • Posted on: 16 September 2017

On a recent trip to Turkey our team was driving through the Toros mountains in the Akseki region. As the road was ascending the vegetation changed according to elevation and exposure, from mediterranean maquis to high-mountain mixed deciduous/evergreen shrub-forests and scrubs (pseudomaquis).

Abies gamblei - Gamble Fir

  • Posted on: 10 August 2017

If one goes on the web to search for information on the plant under the name Abies gamblei, very little descriptive account will be found. And, interestingly enough, there will be some small-scale photos actually showing Abies pseudochensiensis!


Abies alba - European White Fir

  • Posted on: 10 August 2017

A common and most easily met fir species of Europe, not counted Abies sibirica that occurs widely in the vast lands of eastern-northeastern Europe (bordered by the Ural mountains)...



Cupressus dupreziana - Tarout

  • Posted on: 10 August 2017
Documenting such a unique species is a lifetime experience. This could happen for us in April 2003, organized with the kind help of the Embassy of Algeria in Budapest, and with the professional assistance of the Institut National De La Recherche Forestiere (INRF) in Cheraga, Alger. There, Dr. Nedjahi Abdellah, Director General of the institute arranged that his colleague Mr. Gadiri Nassim of INRF was to accompany István to Djanet, foot of the Tassili Plateau.

Chamaecyparis formosensis - Taiwan Sawara Cypress

  • Posted on: 3 July 2017

This species is among the most remarkable conifers and one of the true giants of the island of Taiwan, occurring at elevations between 1000 and 2900 m. Our team's documenting the conifers and their habitats in Formosa was coordinated by the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (T.F.R.I.) and made possible with support from both the I.D.R.I., Inc. and Earthwatch, Center for Field Research.

Fitzroya cupressoides - Alerce

  • Posted on: 3 July 2017

To document Fitzroya, the "redwood of the south" and the 'National Tree' of Chile, was another exciting task for our expedition in 1996. It was a real treat to work in the magnificent Araucaria forests – huge stands, many old trees, and incredibly beautiful scenery on the foothills of Volcán Llaima.

Lepidothamnus fonkii - Magellan Dwarf-cypress

  • Posted on: 3 July 2017

Lepidothamnus fonkii is the southernmost conifer in the world, reaching 55°S in the Magallanes region of Chile and Argentina's Patagonia and occurring in habitats from sea level to about 600 m.

Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca - Oaxacan Douglas-Fir

  • Posted on: 22 June 2017

In an article on our findings in Mexico we published this remarkable plant as Pseudotsuga menziesii var. oaxacana Debreczy & Rácz (Phytologia, 1995) but to accommodate this plant in the current understanding of the Douglas fir taxonomy, finally discussed it in Conifers Around the World within the long accepted variety name "var. glauca".