Friday, March 18, 2011

Latin Lesson

Apache Pines, indigenious to the Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico, populate the lower forested areas of the Sierra Ancha Mountains of Southeastern Arizona. Very similar to Ponderosa Pine, but with longer needles (up to 12-inches) that droop elegantly and possess an emerald color that brings the forest alive. These Apache Pines are seen bordering Reynolds Creek at an elevation just under 6000 feet. Look for them on your next trip to mountains of Southeastern Arizona (or the Sierra Madre of Northern Mexico), you'll find them pleasantly delightful.

Apache Pines with Half Moon
Pinus engelmannii cum dimidium luna

Apache Pines without Half Moon
Pinus engelmannii sin dimidium luna

Apache Pine (with 10-inch needles) planted in our Durango yard
Pinus engelmannii in domesticatio

Photos courtesy of Lisa Bourey


  1. I always enjoy the botanic posts. How are the cacti? Maybe I'll run into the Boure crew at Ironhorse.

  2. Glad you like them. The barrel cacti were just showing the tiniest of flower buds in the Superstitions. If distant memory serves me, they should flower in mid-April.