Pinus elliottii (PINACEAE) Slash Pine

Weeds to Whack

A medium-sized tree with a narrowly ovoid crown capable of reaching over 30 m tall. Needles appear to be tufted at the ends of the branches. Twigs stout, orange-brown in color. Bark red-brown and furrowed when young, becoming very platy. The surfaces of the plates are covered with thin, loose scales that flake off, revealing a light brown to cinnamon color. Evergreen needles, 7 to 10 inches long, flexible, with three (sometimes two) needles per fascicle, fascicle sheath is quite long and persistent; dark green in color. The flower is monoecious; males cylindrical, red to yellow, in clusters at ends of twigs; females red to green, stalked, oval. Fruit cones are 3 to 6 inches long, ovoid, borne on a stalk, caramel colored; the umbo is armed with a small, out-curved spine; maturing in autumn.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Slash Pine Brought Down by Native Grape

This is the uprooted base of a Slash Pine that was brought down by the weight of Cissus Antarctica Native Grape seen in the photo above. One for the good guys.

Photo: Robert Whyte