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Great basin Bristlecone tree, new cones forming- The Great Basin bristlecone pine is a conifer, which means that it produces seeds in cones rather than in flowers. Pines are monoecious, meaning that each tree has both male and female pine cones. The male cones produce pollen and the female cones produce ovules which, when fertilized with pollen, become seeds. Pollination occurs by wind. Bristlecone pines produce seeds for thousands of years, but they produce fewer as they age.

Great basin Bristlecone tree, new cones forming- The Great Basin bristlecone pine is a conifer, which means that it produces seeds in cones rather than in flowers. Pines are monoecious, meaning that each tree has both male and female pine cones. The male cones produce pollen and the female cones produce ovules which, when fertilized with pollen, become seeds. Pollination occurs by wind. Bristlecone pines produce seeds for thousands of years, but they produce fewer as they age.

The Great Basin bristlecone pine tree is a beautiful pillar among the rocks of the White Mountains.

The Great Basin bristlecone pine tree is a beautiful pillar among the rocks of the White Mountains.

Big bristlecone pine Pinus longaeva.jpg

Big bristlecone pine Pinus longaeva.jpg

"The Great Basin Bristlecone Pines, or Pinus longaeva, is a long-living species of tree found in the higher mountains of the southwest United States. Bristlecone pines grow in isolated groves in the arid mountain regions of six western states of America, but the oldest are found in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California."

"The Great Basin Bristlecone Pines, or Pinus longaeva, is a long-living species of tree found in the higher mountains of the southwest United States. Bristlecone pines grow in isolated groves in the arid mountain regions of six western states of America, but the oldest are found in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California."

Oldest trees are also striking and in some cases, in their own way quite beautiful. Great Basin bristlecone pine

Oldest trees are also striking and in some cases, in their own way quite beautiful. Great Basin bristlecone pine

Until several years ago, researchers had thought the oldest living tree in the world was a 4,847-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine, located in the White Mountains of California. The tree was aptly named “Methuselah,” after the man reported to have lived the longest – 969 years – in the Hebrew Bible, according to Wikipedia.

Until several years ago, researchers had thought the oldest living tree in the world was a 4,847-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine, located in the White Mountains of California. The tree was aptly named “Methuselah,” after the man reported to have lived the longest – 969 years – in the Hebrew Bible, according to Wikipedia.

Great Basin Bristlecone Pine, oldest living organism - <i>Pinus longaeva</i> - Pictures courtesy of Linda and Dr. Dick Buscher

Great Basin Bristlecone Pine, oldest living organism - <i>Pinus longaeva</i> - Pictures courtesy of Linda and Dr. Dick Buscher

A bristlecone pine in the southern part of the range is the oldest known living tree in the world, about 4,700 years old, nicknamed Methuselah after the biblical figure who is said to have lived 969 years.

A bristlecone pine in the southern part of the range is the oldest known living tree in the world, about 4,700 years old, nicknamed Methuselah after the biblical figure who is said to have lived 969 years.

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