Pinus patula Schltdl. & Cham.

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Pinus patula

Photo: Mark Hyde
World's View, Nyanga

Pinus patula

Photo: Mark Hyde
Ruzawi School, nr Marondera

Pinus patula

Photo: Mark Hyde
Ruzawi School, nr Marondera

Pinus patula

Photo: Mark Hyde
Ruzawi School, nr Marondera

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Synonyms:
Common names: Hang-leaf pine (English) Patula pine (English)
Frequency: Very common in the E Highlands; sporadic in higher rainfall areas of division C
Status: Introduced
Description:
Tree, to 40 m. Leaves 15-22 cm, light green, in bundles of 3(-5), pendulous; basal sheath persistent. Female cones 7-10 cm, ovoid-conic, slightly curved, lateral, subsessile, in clusters of 2-5. Seeds 5 mm, triangular; wing 12-20 mm.
Notes: This species has become naturalised in many areas, particularly in the Eastern Highlands and is now an invasive pest along forest margins and in high rainfall woodland. Pines increase the acidity of the soil, which may seriously threaten the indigenous biodiversity.
Derivation of specific name: patula: spreading
Habitat: Woodland, scrub and grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 1420 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native of Mexico; well naturalised in southern Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 19 October 2005
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 90.


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Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Pinus patula
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Pinus patula
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pinus patula
Ispot Southern Africa : Pinus patula
JSTOR Plant Science: Pinus patula
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pinus patula
Tropicos: Pinus patula
West African Plants database: Pinus patula


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Pinus patula.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102970, retrieved 18 April 2014

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