Ponderosa pine-a portrait…..
There is a tree that determines the home range of a people. This is the North Plateau Ponderosa Pine, known in Latin as pinus ponderosa Douglas ex C. Lawson. Wherever this tree grows, those of us at home in Columbia Plateau are also at home. Here she is …
As you can see, she doesn’t mind fog, frost or cold. You’ll often find her growing with saskatoons (as you can see to the left and right of this image), building communities with them within the grassland sea. The latin for saskatoon is amelchior alnifolia. A more fascinating thing about her is that she withstands extreme cold by growing in spirals within the tubes of her red bark. This helps ease the stress of the frost out in the open grassland.
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