Bristlecone Fir

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Bristlecone fir (Abies bracteata)
Bristlecone fir (Abies bracteata)

Common Name(s): Bristleccone fir, Santa Lucia fir

Scientific Name: Abies bracteata

Distribution: Endemic to the Santa Lucia mountains in California.

Comments: Some botanists call this species the rarest of all fir (Abies) species, with a very narrow natural distribution in central California. 

Note: This is a truncated profile page. If you have any helpful info or experience with this wood species, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to integrate any relevant data when I expand the page. ~Eric

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This tree is found outside of California. I lived in Utah for many years and have often gathered its deadfall branches for fire starter.