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SHASTA FIR 

Abies x shastensis

Pinaceae

The firs in the Klamath Mountains are dizzyingly complex, and more than once I've misidentified or given up in despair. Based on what I had read, I expected to find subalpine fir at Sky High Lakes in the Marble Mountain Wilderness. There is a continuum of red fir in the Sierra, which becomes Shasta fir in the Klamath Mountains, and noble fir scattered in extreme northwest California and southeast Oregon.

The firs I found do not have the narrow, spire-like form associated with subalpine fir, but do have grayish bark with resin blisters, and a somewhat starlike pattern to the new growth.

I was told by someone far more knowledgeable than me that these are Shasta firs.

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The grove of firs is in the center of this photo of Sky High Lakes in the Marble Mountain Wilderness.