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Picea engelmannii subsp. mexicana

  • Posted on: 23 November 2018

Rare in cultivation, this young tree of /Picea engelmannii /subsp. /mexicana /is cultivated at Forstgarten Tharandt, Germany.

Araucaria araucana - Monkey Puzzle Tree

  • Posted on: 21 November 2018

The only temperate-zone species of the genus, this Araucaria is amongst the most unique species of all conifers. Found in the scenic environments of southern Chile and Argentina, it is quite often associated with showy volcanoes and forms strikingly interesting open stands or thick forests, usually with species of Nothofagus.

Picea glauca male and female cones

  • Posted on: 16 November 2018

Male and female cones of a mature tree of /Picea glauca/, at the botanical garden of the University of West Hungary (Sopron).

Pilgerodendron uviferum pollen cones

  • Posted on: 14 November 2018

Pollen cones (rarely met with) on a young plant of /Pilgerodendron uviferum/ at the Budakeszi Herbarium (Hungary).

Juniperus barbadensis var. barbadensis - Barbados Juniper

  • Posted on: 14 November 2018

Juniperus barbadensis var. barbadensis was long on the wish list of to-be-documented conifers for both the Dendrological Atlas and Conifers Around the World. J. b. var. lucayana, the variety named well over a century later than the species still occurs in broadly scattered small populations in the Bahamas, Cuba, and Jamaica, but the type variety had become extremely rare on Barbados by 1830, and soon disappeared from there and the neighboring islands.

Pinus brutia - Calabrian Pine

  • Posted on: 8 November 2018

The type species is a common tree in the eastern Mediterranean (its botanically named varieties are more like outlying small populations to the northeast). The common name comes after ancient Brutium (now Calabria in the southern Apennine Peninsula), where its stands are generally considered to be naturalized from ancient cultivation – these are the westernmost occurrences.

Sequoiadendron giganteum - GIANT SEQUOIA

  • Posted on: 1 November 2018

Featuring "charismatic" species, like Giant Sequoia, in Conifers Around the World has been somewhat different than in most cases. The largest and smallest conifers are equally treated in the book with species descriptions about 1800 characters long.

Picea schrenkiana - Tien Shan Spruce

  • Posted on: 31 October 2018

This spruce is distributed from Uzbekistan to Xinjiang spanning a range of about 1000 km. For our Conifers Around the World, we included a main (habit/habitat) photo that was taken in Xinjiang in 1998. The dark purple closed cones were also documented there.


  • Posted on: 25 October 2018

To document this tree in Sikkim, in late fall 2003 we started our journey together with botanist friend and tour leader dr. Mohan Siwakoti from Kathmandu. From the capital of Nepal we took a flight to Birathnagar, from there took a jeep ride to Kakarvitta (a border town between Nepal and India) and then to Gangtok, capital of Sikkim (state of India).

Juniperus semiglobosa - Tien Shan Foetid Juniper

  • Posted on: 24 October 2018

Juniperus semiglobosa is a common juniper in the high mountains of Central Asia and we have sufficiently documented it for our Conifers Around the World (see page 353). However, it was noted by us in a 2003 expedition to Kyrgyzstan that it is variable species requiring more study in the future.