with needles or scales that are …
🌲︎ there now
evergreen or growing season
  🍃︎ now gone
deciduous
[?], dormant season  
:

Needles or scales 🌲︎ there now (evergreen or growing season) …

with needles or scales that are …
long (1-45 cm) (½-18 in)  or
short (<1 cm)   (<½ in)  or
long (if mature) or short (if young), splay left + right + up + down + all angles, branches=​widely spaced and arranged=❋ whorled
araucaria  genus Araucaria
:

Needles or scales = short (<1 cm) (<½ in)

soft spikes in new growth and overlapping scales in old growth  or

overlapping scales, some | sharp and prickly, from North America  or

overlapping scales, branch ends splay ___ flat, as if ironed  or
overlapping scales, branch ends splay in any direction :

Learn more about 🌲︎ conifers order Pinales

Pinales hosts caterpillars of >247 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Conifers (together with ginkgo  Ginkgo biloba, cycads  order Cycadales and a few more), have 'naked' seeds ( gymnosperm ), by not enclosing its seeds with any ovary structure.

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