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Grecian Fir Abies cephalonica (Pinaceae) HEIGHT to 36m <br />
Spreading tree. BARK Grey with a hint of orange in young trees, deeper grey and fissured to form squarish plates in maturity. LEAVES rigid, prickly needles arising from all round hairless red-brown twigs (not in rows); up to 3cm long with 2 white bands below. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Cones upright, rich golden-brown, up to 16cm long. Downcurved triangular bracts protrude from between scales. Mature trees are often heavily loaded with cones. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native to Greek mountains. Grows well in dry areas of Britain, but also thrives in wet regions, where it reaches the greatest size.
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Grecian Fir Abies cephalonica (Pinaceae) HEIGHT to 36m
Spreading tree. BARK Grey with a hint of orange in young trees, deeper grey and fissured to form squarish plates in maturity. LEAVES rigid, prickly needles arising from all round hairless red-brown twigs (not in rows); up to 3cm long with 2 white bands below. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Cones upright, rich golden-brown, up to 16cm long. Downcurved triangular bracts protrude from between scales. Mature trees are often heavily loaded with cones. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native to Greek mountains. Grows well in dry areas of Britain, but also thrives in wet regions, where it reaches the greatest size.

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Date: 6 Aug 2006
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/NPL
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