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Range of Abies nebrodensis (Atlas Florae Europaeae 1998).


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Conservation status

Abies nebrodensis

(Lojac.) Mattei 1908

Common names

Sicilian fir (Silba 1986), abete dei nebrodi (Italian).

Taxonomic notes

Syn: A. pectinata Gilib. var. nebrodensis Lojac.; A. alba Mill. var. nebrodensis (Lojac.) Svoboda; A. alba Mill. subsp. nebrodensis (Lojac.) Nitz.; A. pectinata Guss. non Gilib. (Farjon 1998).


"A tree 8-15 m. tall, to 1 m. in girth, with a broad rounded or somewhat flattened crown. Bark shallowly fissured and flaky, orange. Branchlets gray-green to yellowish, grooved, rarely with brown pubescence. Buds ovoid-conical, smooth, sometimes slightly resinous, pale reddish-brown, 7-9 mm. in diameter. Leaves nearly 2-ranked, spreading horizontally, non-pectinate, linear, rigid, grooved above, dark shiny green above, glaucous below; stomata rarely present above, in 9-12 lines below; 1.2-2 cm. long by 2-2.5 mm. wide, apex rounded or notched. Male strobili with pollen grains 85 microns in diameter. Female cone cylindrical, rounded at the apex, relatively stout, dark brown, 13-20 cm. long by 4 cm. wide; scales finely pubescent at the margins; bracts exserted and reflexed. Seed to 7 mm. long" (Silba 1986).

Distribution and Ecology

Italy: Sicily: Monti Nebrodi, Monte Scalane and Polizzi Generosa (Farjon 1998).

Hardy to Zone 7 (cold hardiness limit between -17.7°C and -12.2°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001).

Big tree







Mattei. 1908. Boll. Reale Orto Bot. Palermo 7:64.

See also

Farjon ( 1990, 2010).

Last Modified 2012-11-27