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Abies lasiocarpa var. lasiocarpa

Abies lasiocarpa (Hook.) Nutt. var. lasiocarpa

Alpine Fir, Subalpine Fir

Pinaceae (Pine family)

Synonym(s): Abies balsamea ssp. lasiocarpa, Abies balsamea var. fallax, Abies bifolia, Abies subalpina


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Fruit Type: Cone
Size Notes: Up to about 65 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Pollen cones purplish. Seed cones dark purple-blue to grayish purple.


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , NT , YT
Native Habitat: Moist to mesic slopes in subalpine coniferous forests.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Abies lasiocarpa var. lasiocarpa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Abies lasiocarpa var. lasiocarpa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Abies lasiocarpa var. lasiocarpa


Record Modified: 2020-12-03
Research By: CBR

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