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Dwarf mountain-pine

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Family: Pinaceae

Scientific name: Pinus mugo Turra subsp. mugo

Description: It is a twisted shrub that can grow up to 2-4 m. It has many flexible branches, arising from the base, packed with long coupled needles that can be 4 cm long and are dark green. At the tip of the branches there are isolated or coupled female cones. It grows between 1,800 and 2,300 m a.s.l. and reaches the optimal level beyond the arboreal vegetation edge, on basic calcareous or dolomitic soils.

Distribution: It can be found on the central-southern European mountains.

Note: It is an endangered species, included in the “Lower Risk” category (LR) of the Regional Red List of the Italian Plants and according to the Abruzzo Regional law 11.9.1979 n. 45 it is a protected species.

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