Pinus Aristata??Pinus Longaeva

Rivka Widerman rlwm at
Mon Mar 19 10:24:37 EST 2001

Thanks, Pam.

So it sounds like P. longaeva is the really old, more famous one, and the
one that was renamed.  Does this sound right?



in article 3AB4E9A2.276B8573 at, Pam at grdngal48 at wrote on
3/18/01 12:26 PM:

> Rivka Widerman wrote:
>> Dear Folks,
>> I am confused by the Bristlecone pine taxonomy.  Is Pinus aristata the 5000
>> year old trees in the White Mtns.?  Has it been changed to P. Longaeva
>> (sp?)?  Are there two separate species?
> Yes, they are two separate species, but have only been separated for a
> relatively short time - since 1970. The only readily apparent difference
> between the two is the lack of resinous flecking on P. longaeva and the
> location of native populations. P. longaeva is more prominent in the White Mts
> and in areas of Utah and Arizona; P. aristata is more often found deeper in
> the
> Southwest basin - Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.
> Pam - gardengal

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