Differentiating Longleaf from Slash pine

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James Parton
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Differentiating Longleaf from Slash pine

Post by James Parton » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:44 am

Larry, ENTS.

While here in the pan handle of Florida I hope to find and measure some Longleaf Pine. Longleaf and Slash are two species I am not very familiar with. Could someone tell me how to tell them apart. I know Longleaf has longer needles and larger cones than Slash pine does. Both have long needles though. Longer than Loblolly, which I am familiar with. In short what is the difference between Longleaf & Slash.

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Re: Differentiating Longleaf from Slash pine

Post by Larry Tucei » Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:29 am

James, Longleaf bark is a slight gray with smaller plates. Slash has more orange-brown and larger plates.
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Re: Differentiating Longleaf from Slash pine

Post by James Parton » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:37 pm

Larry,

Ditto! Thank you! Thanks to an interpretive trail in St. Andrews State Park I studied Slash Pine. I found no Longleaf there but I intend to visit Apalachicola National Forest, which has Longleaf/Wiregrass forests, before I return home on Saturday. I would have went today but the weather was nasty and rainy this morning/afternoon. It is improving at the moment. I have found no sizeable Live Oak, though the species is common here. A high-point to my visit to St. Andrews yesterday was my discovery of Sand Pine. None were as tall as those measured by Will Blozan last year but I got a thrill out of seeing this short-needled species for the first time.

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