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3. Pseudotsuga Carrière, Traité Gén. Conif., ed. 2. 256. 1867.

[Douglas-fir [Greek pseudo, false, and tsuga, hemlock ]

Barney Lipscomb

Trees conic, evergreen. Bark initially smooth, with resin blisters; in age reddish brown, corky, furrowed. Branches often pendulous, irregularly whorled; short (spur) shoots absent; leaf scars transversely elliptic, slightly raised proximally but essentially flush with twig distally. Buds elongate, not resinous, apex acute. Leaves borne singly, persisting 6--8 years, alternate, short-stalked, flattened; resin canals 2, marginal. Cones borne on year-old twigs. Pollen cones axillary. Seed cones maturing first season, shed whole, deflexed or pendent, ellipsoid, ovoid, or cylindric, nearly sessile, lacking apophysis and umbo; scales persistent, apex rounded; bracts ± exserted, apex 3-lobed, lobes with acute apices, central lobe narrow, longer than lateral lobes. Seeds winged; cotyledons 6--12. x =12, 13.

Species 5 (2 in the flora): North America, 3 in e Asia.


Flous, F. 1937. Révision du genre Pseudotsuga. Bull. Soc. Hist. Nat. Toulouse 71: 33--164. Little, E.L. Jr. 1952. The genus Pseudotsuga (Douglas-fir) in North America. Leafl. W. Bot. 6: 181--198.

1 Leaf apex mucronulate; seed cones 9-20 cm; sw California.   1 Pseudotsuga macrocarpa
+ Leaf apex obtuse to acute; seed cones 4-10 cm; widely distributed in w North America.   2 Pseudotsuga menziesii

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