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Pinus ayacahuite (Mexican white pine)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Pinus ayacahuite, also called ayacahuite pine and Mexican white pine, (family Pinaceae) is a species of pine native to the mountains of southern Mexico and western Central America, in the Sierra Madre del Sur and the eastern end of the Eje Volcánico Transversal, between 14° and 21°N latitude in the Mexican states of Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz and Chiapas, and in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. It grows on relatively moist areas with summer rainfalls, however specimens from its eastern and southern distribution live under really wet conditions; it needs full sun and well drained soils. Its temperature needs fluctuate between 19 and 10 °C on average a year. This tree accepts from subtropical to cool climate.
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Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-Low
Edible [2]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [2]  Monoecious
Hazards [2]  The wood, sawdust and resins from various species of pine can cause dermatitis in sensitive people;
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Pollinators [2]  Wind
Structure [2]  Tree
Usage [2]  A tan or green dye is obtained from the needles; The needles contain a substance called terpene, this is released when rain washes over the needles and it has a negative effect on the germination of some plants, including wheat; Oleo-resins are present in the tissues of all species of pines, but these are often not present in sufficient quantity to make their extraction economically worthwhile; The resins are obtained by tapping the trunk, or by destructive distillation of the wood; In general, trees from warmer areas of distribution give the higher yields; Turpentine consists of an average of 20% of the oleo-resin; Turpentine has a wide range of uses including as a solvent for waxes etc, for making varnish, medicinal etc; Rosin is the substance left after turpentine is removed. This is used by violinists on their bows and also in making sealing wax, varnish etc; Pitch can also be obtained from the resin and is used for waterproofing, as a wood preservative etc.
Height [2]  180 feet (55 m)
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Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha (Thick-billed Parrot)[3]


Parasitized by 
Cronartium ribicola (White pine blister rust)[4]

Range Map


Mexico: from Central Mexico southward to Chiapas; Guatemala; Honduras; El Salvador. TDWG: 79 MXC-DF MXC-ME MXC-MO MXC-PU MXC-TL MXE-GU MXE-HI MXE-QU MXG-VC MXS MXT-CI 80 ELS GUA HON; Mexico: from Central Mexico southwards to Chiapas; Guatemala; Honduras; El Salvador.. TDWG: 79 MXC-DF MXC-ME MXC-MO MXC-PU MXC-TL MXE-GU MXE-HI MXE-QU MXG-VC MXS MXT-CI 80 ELS GUA HON;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
3Thick-billed Parrot, BirdLife International (1992) Threatened Birds of the Americas. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International.
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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