7 responses to “Picea engelmannii subsp. engelmannii”

  1. Cyndy Henderson

    Majestic tree ~ spectacular photo to view with my morning coffee!

  2. George L. in Vermont

    Hmm. Nice cone crop. When was this picture taken?
    Wonder who eats ’em.
    It’s a thrill to see the snow flying in this picture. Here in Vermont the color is getting intense. Skeins of Canada Goose went honking towards their staging areas on Lake Champlain this morning. The bite of winter gathers power over the muskeg. Soon it will mount the North Wind and ride to our door!

  3. Daniel Mosquin

    The photograph was taken 3 days ago…

  4. Michael F

    “The Gymnosperm Database’s entry on Picea engelmannii suggests that subspecies mexicana is found in the USA, while the Flora of North America concludes otherwise”
    There’s conflicting information on this, perhaps somewhat surprisingly from the same author (R. J. Taylor) of the FNA account. In Biosystematics of Mexican Spruce Species and Populations (Taxon 29: 421-440, 1980) he (with T. F. Patterson) examines a wide range of characters and concludes “Finally, the Chiricahua population should be placed in variety mexicana for reasons discussed in this paper” (p.438).
    Given that Chiricahua is a widely recognised outpost of Mexican Madrean Sky Island flora, its placement in subsp. mexicana is certainly reasonable, even to be expected.
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    “Wonder who eats ’em” – Crossbills, Siskins.

  5. elizabeth a airhart

    wonderful picture and snow
    i used to live in north land and now here
    in florida central west coast i wait for
    our snow birds of all kinds to arrive
    for the winter i do miss the coluors
    of new england- snow!-its ninety here today

  6. George L. in Vermont

    Check out Ron Pittaway’s winter finch forecast http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Mail/Ontario_Birds/126114
    for wild food crops correlated with irruptive bird movements for the NE part of continent. Anyone know of other sites that correlate wild food cropping with wildlife/bird movements/abundance in North America?

  7. Michael F

    Fascinating site, thanks George! Wish there was a similar info source over here – getting details of cone crops in Scandinavia and Russia is sadly impossible though.

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