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Spanish (Hedgehog) Fir Abies pinsapo (Pinaceae) HEIGHT to 25m. Shapely at first, becoming open-crowned and straggly with age. BARK Dark grey. LEAVES Bluish-grey, usually blunt, needles, to 1.5cm long, densely arranged all around twig. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Small male flowers red, opening yellow; female flowers green, in upright clusters above shoot. Cones cylindrical, tapering, upright and smooth. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Rare native of Sierra Nevada in S Spain. Sometimes planted for ornament here; tolerates calcareous soils.
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