Pinus elliottii var. densa
South Florida slash pine (Kral 1993).
Syn: Pinus elliottii subsp. densa (Little & Dorman) Murray 1982; P. densa (Little & Dorman) Silba var. austro-keyensis Silba 1990; P. heterophylla (Elliott) Sudworth non Koch 1849, pro parte (e.g. Sudworth 1893, Sargent 1897) (Farjon and Styles 1997); Pinus densa (Little & Dorman) de Laubenfels & Silba. The name Pinus caribaea Morelet has been applied in error to P. elliottii var. densa (Kral 1993, Farjon and Styles 1997).
"Seedlings with vertical growth interrupted by grass stage, stem then more thickened, fascicles much more numerous and crowded around bud, and other buds more approximate on stem. Leaves mostly in 2s, sometimes in 3s on same shoot, resin canals per leaf 3-9, hypodermis (2-)3-4(-5) cell-layers thick. Seed-cone base mostly rounded when open" (Kral 1993).
See the "Remarks" section HERE for details on "grass stage" growth.
USA: Florida. Found in flatwoods, mostly over limestone, at 0-10 m elevation (Kral 1993).
Zone 10 (cold hardiness limit between -1°C and +4.4°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001).
Diameter 105 cm, height 20 m, crown spread 23 m, located in the University of South Florida, Sarasota, Florida (American Forests 1996).
Unlike the type variety, this variety has not been used for naval stores (Kral 1993). However, it is planted for timber production. For example, it is planted for commercial uses by the U.S. Air Force land managers at Avon Park Bombing Range as well as by Lykes Brothers ranch in south central Florida, and seedlings are offered for sale by the Florida Division of Forestry (Jay Frost email 2009.07.04).
Little, Elbert L., Jr., and Keith W. Dorman. 1952. Slash pine (Pinus elliottii), its nomenclature and varieties. Journal of Forestry 50: 918-923.
Last Modified 2012-11-23