OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Gymnosperms (non-flowering plants): Conifers: Pinales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Pinus pungens   FAMILY Pinaceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pinus pungens   FAMILY Pinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 016-01-007:
Pinus pungens   FAMILY Pinaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Table Mountain Pine, Burr Pine, Hickory Pine


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image of Pinus pungens, Table Mountain Pine, Burr Pine, Hickory Pine

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pipu5_001_lvd

        

image of Pinus pungens, Table Mountain Pine, Burr Pine, Hickory Pine

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_pinus_pungens

March        

image of Pinus pungens, Table Mountain Pine, Burr Pine, Hickory Pine

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_pinus_pungens_2

March        

Adapted to release seed from serotinous cones after fire, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Pinus pungens, Table Mountain Pine, Burr Pine, Hickory Pine

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_pinus_pungens_3

March        

Bark thin, dark reddish-brown, furrowed into scaly plates on older trunks, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Pinus pungens, Table Mountain Pine, Burr Pine, Hickory Pine

JK Marlow    jkm0506d_06

June    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Usually a small-to-medium tree of rocky slopes and ridge tops, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Pinus pungens, Table Mountain Pine, Burr Pine, Hickory Pine

Keith Bradley    kab_pinus_pungens_0515

June    Burke County    NC

Pisgah National Forest

image of Pinus pungens, Table Mountain Pine, Burr Pine, Hickory Pine

Keith Bradley    kab_pinus_pungens_0521

June    Burke County    NC

Pisgah National Forest

image of Pinus pungens, Table Mountain Pine, Burr Pine, Hickory Pine

JK Marlow    jkm0509i_08

September    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Often numerous persistent closed cones (serotinous - open with heat of fire). — Patrick McMillan

image of Pinus pungens, Table Mountain Pine, Burr Pine, Hickory Pine

JK Marlow    s050918_a

September    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Two twisted stout yellow-green needles per fascicle, 1.5-3.5" long. — Patrick McMillan

image of Pinus pungens, Table Mountain Pine, Burr Pine, Hickory Pine

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmppungens_ab

Month Unknown    Alleghaney County    NC

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Pinus pungens   FAMILY Pinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pinus pungens   FAMILY Pinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 016-01-007:
Pinus pungens   FAMILY Pinaceae

 

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1089

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Piedmont), endemic to the Central & Southern Appalachians

Look for it on dry ridges, cliffs, shale barrens, occurring at least up to 1550m. Usually requiring fire for its reproduction, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Needles 1.5-2.5" long (normally)
Needles 2 per bundle

"FLOWER":
Spring
Unisexual

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Cone

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



 


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