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Korean Fir Cones

missmoneypenny

Monmouth, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

Korean Fir (Abies koreana) is a fir native to the higher mountains of South Korea. It grows at altitudes of 1,000-1,900m in temperate rain forests with high rainfall, cool humid summers, and heavy winter snowfall. It is a small to medium-sized evergreen coniferous tree growing to 10-18m tall. The bark is smooth with resin blisters and grey-brown in colour. The leaves are needle-like, flattened, 1-2 cm long and 2-2.5 mm wide by 0.5 mm thick, glossy dark green above with two broad, vividly white bands of stomata below, and slightly notched at the tip. The leaf arrangement is spiral on the shoot, but with each leaf variably twisted at the base so they lie mostly either side of and above the shoot, with fewer below the shoot. The shoots are green-grey at first, maturing pinkish-grey, with scattered fine pubescence. The cones are 4-7 cm long and 1.5-2 cm broad, dark purple-blue before maturity; the scale bracts are long, green or yellow, and emerge between the scales in the closed cone. The winged seeds are released when the cones disintegrate at maturity about 5–6 months after pollination.

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