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Tree, approx. 10 m tall, on Cerro Potosí (at 24.893°N, 100.218°W) [C.J. Earle, 2007.02.19].


Tree, 5 m tall [C.J. Earle, 2007.02.18].


Sapling, 1.5 m tall [C.J. Earle, 2007.02.18].


Seedling, 15 cm tall [C.J. Earle, 2007.02.18].


Foliar units; needles approx. 20 cm long [C.J. Earle, 2007.02.18].


Fascicles [C.J. Earle, 2007.02.18].


Mature cones in situ [C.J. Earle, 2007.02.18].


Mature cone [C.J. Earle, 2007.02.18].


Bark on 30 cm and 15 cm diameter trunks [C.J. Earle, 2007.02.18].


Parkland stand at elev. 1774 m, Nuevo León (24.708°N, 100.034°W) [C.J. Earle, 2007.02.19].


Stand developed on gypsum amid Pinus cembroides developed on carbonate soils. Stand in the southern Sierra Peña Nevada at about 23.8°N, 99.9°W [C.J. Earle, 2007.02.18].


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Conservation status

Pinus arizonica var. stormiae

Martínez 1945

Common names

Pino real, pino blanco [Spanish] (Perry 1991).

Taxonomic notes

Syn: Pinus ponderosa D. Douglas ex P. Lawson var. stormiae (Martínez) Silba 1990 (Farjon and Styles 1997).


As for Pinus arizonica, except that the needles, 3-4(-5) per fascicle, are quite long (14-25 cm) and thick (1.4-1.8 mm), with 8-12 lines of stomata on the abaxial (outer) side.

Distribution and Ecology

Mexico: Coahuila, Nuevo León, southwest Tamaulipas (Miquihuana) and parts of San Luis Potosí (Perry 1991); probably most abundant in southern Nuevo León. Occurs at 1,500-3,000 m elevation, commonly with Quercus, Juniperus, or other pines, particularly P. cembroides and P. pseudostrobus (Farjon and Styles 1997). In Nuevo León I observed that on gypsum-derived soils in was the only tree (photo at left), whereas adjacent carbonate substrates were dominated by P. cembroides but supported a variety of conifers, including P. arizonica var. stormiae. See Pinus arizonica for an interactive distribution map.

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Have seen it in the Sierra Peña Nevada of southern Nuevo León, and in extensive stands on the plains south of and at mid-elevations on Cerro Potosí, also in Nuevo León. Within its range it is a common and conspicuous pine.


This species is one of many principal hosts for the dwarf mistletoe Arceuthobium vaginatum subsp. vaginatum, and is also a principal host for A. vaginatum subsp. cryptopodum (Hawksworth and Wiens 1996).


See also

The species account at Threatened Conifers of the World.

Last Modified 2017-11-12