Part of 🌲︎ pine  genus Pinus in 🌲︎ cedar / fir / hemlock / larch / pine / spruce  family Pinaceae.

Native to western coastal and 🗻︎ mountainous 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA.   Invasive > in Hawai'i

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

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

Lodgepole pine has closed, serotinous cones, that require 🔥︎ fire to open the cones and allow the seeds to 🌱︎ germinate.

It is also the primary tree in Yellowstone National Park, where after a century of fire suppression, lodgepole pine was aging out—on the way to being replaced by other species.  Until the 🔥︎ Yellowstone fires of 1988 swept through—although the fires killed many adult trees, it allowed the new generation to 🌱︎ germinate and grow.

Learn more about lodgepole pine Pinus contorta

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