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Abies amabilis
Pacific silver fir
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

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.

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

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 Douglas ex J. Forbes
Publication: Pinet. Woburn. 125, plate 44. 1839. 1839.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Abies amabilis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Abies amabilis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Abies amabilis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Abies amabilis photos.

USDA Plants: Abies amabilis information.

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