Vascular Plants - Pinaceae - Abies:
Abies amabilis
Page Authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
Pacific silver fir, lovely fir, Cascade fir, amabilis fir 
Habit: tree
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: On both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska south to Siskiyou County, California, mostly west of the Cascade Crest.
Habitat: Mostly at 1000-4000 feet elevation in the mountains.
Species Description:

General: A tall, straight tree up to 70 m. tall.
Bark: Older bark gray to nearly white, usually smooth; young twigs pubescent.
Leaves: Needles bright green on the upper surface, with two silvery stripes on either side of the mid-vein on the lower surface, notched except on the coniferous branches, where pointed and often sharp; needles horizontally spreading, 15-30 mm. long, with some considerably shorter, appressed and pointing forward along the branch.
Cones: Staminate cones reddish, pendant and catkin-like, 7-20 mm. long, on the lower side of branches near the middle of the tree or above; ovulate cones only near the top of the tree, single and erect, ellipsoidal, deep purple to green, 8-10 cm. long and 3.5-4 cm. thick, the subtending bracts concealed by the scales.
Accepted Name:
Abies amabilis (Dougl. ex Loud.) Dougl. ex Forbes

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Abies amabilis
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Abies amabilis specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Abies amabilis specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Abies amabilis treatment.

E-Flora BC: Abies amabilis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Abies amabilis images.

USDA Plants Database: Abies amabilis.
Additional photographs of Abies amabilis:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Clayton J. Antieau, 1988

Clayton J. Antieau, 1989

Clayton J. Antieau, 1994

Ben Legler, 2004

Bud Kovalchik

Susan McDougall, 2013

Susan McDougall, 2002

Susan McDougall, 2002

Susan McDougall

Susan McDougall

Julia Bent, 2009

Susan McDougall, 2013

Susan McDougall, 2013

Susan McDougall, 2014
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