Bristlecone Pines

Oldest Trees

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Marcia SummersThe oldest pines, so named for the long, hooked spines on the scales of their cones, are more than 4500 years old.  Twisted and gnarled by the elements, they grow in rocky, arid regions of the six western states .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristlecone_pine

http://www.nps.gov/brca/naturescience/bristleconepine.htm

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Images courtesy of Marcia Summers, GVCC.  These photos of Bristlecone Pine trees and bark were taken with an iPad on the Mount Evans scenic byway in Colorado at about 12,000 ft.

Marcia Summers