The Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta) has a very
flexible wood that was once used by Native
Americans to build tepees and lodges, hence its
name. It grows 30 to 35 metres high and lives
for 200 years. Its needles are strongly twisted.
Its cones have scales with a curved prickle that
is held closed by a resin bond. To open, the cones
need to be exposed to intense heat from a
wildfire or from direct sunlight. Most pure
stands are therefore established on burn areas.
The lodgepole pine is found in western Canada and
the northwestern United States. It is
distributed inland to western Alberta.
|Lodepole Pine forest along the
Crater Lake Trail, Medicine Bow
National Forest, WY