Pinus muricata at Cathays Cemetery

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Pinus muricata
late February 2021

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Pinus muricata
early January 2022

Grid reference ST 17968 78919
Common name Bishop pine
Origin California &NW Mexico
Deciduous No
Map section A
Height 19M February 2021
Girth 198cm February 2021
Reference 641

This tree is at the north west corner, beside the path running parallel to Allensbank Road.

There are two needles to a bundle and when measured they were typically between 14 and 17cm long and just over 1mm wide.

A few cones were measured at 9 or 10cm long and about 5cm diameter. The mature cones unlocked with a loud clicking sound when subjected to heat from intense sunlight or from a hairdryer. Continued heat from bright sunlight caused the cones to fully open over subsequent days. If a cone is inverted and tapped the winged seeds fall out.

Pinus muricata bark

Pinus muricata bark
late February 2021

Pinus muricata foliage

Pinus muricata foliage
late February 2021

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Pinus muricata foliage
late February 2021

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Pinus muricata cones along a branch
late February 2021

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Pinus muricata cones
late February 2021

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Pinus muricata cones
late February 2021

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Pinus muricata showing two needles to a bundle
late May 2021

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Pinus muricata male flowers
late May 2021

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Pinus muricata open cone
early September 2021

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Pinus muricata some seeds from a cone
early September 2021

General tree description

Pinus muricata is a medium-sized to large tree, 15 to 25 metres tall, with a dense, flat top and wide spreading branches. The bark is brown or blackish with deep fissures. Leaves are needles in pairs, up to about 15cm long, grey-green, stiff and curved. The cones are egg-shaped, around 9cm long, and often remain unopened on the branches for many years. They have a small prickle on each scale.