5 responses to “Larix griffithii”

  1. Michael F

    Judging by the drawings in the Flora of China and herbarium material collected by Forrest, Larix speciosa has stouter cones than L. griffithii; it appears more related to L. potaninii var. australis [var. macrocarpa] than it is to L. griffithii. Too much emphasis seems to have been given in the past as to whether the bracts are reflexed or not, a very minor character.
    The cone size cited for L. griffithii above “9-15cm” is much too large! The Flora of China cites 5-11cm, and cones of more than 9cm are very rare, with most being 5-8cm long.

  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Michael, thanks for the comments. I’ll pass them along to the authors.

  3. Douglas Justice

    Michael, I would not contradict you (what you say seems logical); however, not being a conifer expert leaves me to rely on the presumed authoritative references we have, such as the World Checklist and Bibliography of Conifers, RBG Kew, 1998, by Aljos Farjon.

    With regards to cone size, you are absolutely correct (I don’t know how we got a figure of “9-15cm”). I’ve just run out and measured a dozen or so of last year’s cones at random and they are all between 6 and 9 cm long.

    Thanks for the lesson.

  4. Meredith Griffith

    Alas, I have lusted after this plant for years. It appears to be utterly impossible to obtain, however. Does anyone know of way to get one? (I’m in the US, in Oregon)
    Not only do I love Larches, but this one bears the family name… 🙂
    Meredith

  5. ramesh

    Leafless trees in Yeumthang (Sikkim) look fantastic.

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