Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park.
These trees on Mt. Pinos, on the border of Santa Barbara
and Kern counties, where the Sierra Nevada, Central Coast ranges and
mountains of Southern California intersect, are distinct from Abies lowiana of
the Sierra Nevada. The needles are very short and stiff, (3/4" to 1" long),
similar to the trees in Southern California and the San Pedro Martir of Baja
California. They do not have flat shade needles like Abies lowiana, rather,
all needles are upright like true Abies concolor.
Altitude : 7,500 feet.
Other trees associated
with Abies concolor on Mt. Pinos are Pinus monophylla, Pinus jeffreyii, Quercus
kelloggii. Pinus flexilis is found at the summit of the mountain at 8,831 feet
above sea level. Pinus coulteri is found at slightly lower elevations.