Developing cones on a limber pine near the start of the Vincent Tumamait Trail on Mt. Pinos (8831′). Limber pines are a hardy, 5-needled, species generally found at higher altitude in the western U.S.
Limber pine (Pinus flexilis) is a white pine, related to whitebark and bristlecone pines. They are slow growing, and can be very long-lived. According to the Gymnosperm Database, two trees have been crossdated with ages of about 1600 years.
In Southern California limber pines are found on Mt. Pinos, Mt. Baden-Powell, San Gorgonio Mountain, Mt. San Jacinto, and some other areas above about 8500′.
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