Pinus longaeva

Bristlecone pines.

Per rules, this might be cheating — no bike in photos — so I didn’t flag it as challenge of the month. But I figured no one else would have an opportunity to post this species. Top photo from a combined biking and hiking expedition to Death Valley and Telescope Peak last year. Bottom photo from hiking expedition in White Mountains this year.

The bristlecone pine can live more than 5000 years, and we hiked to the Methuselah Grove, containing the oldest known living specimen, last week, although the identity and exact location of the Methuselah tree itself remain secret.

From Wikipedia: “Pinus longaeva (commonly referred to as the Great Basin bristlecone pine, intermountain bristlecone pine, or western bristlecone pine) is a long-living species of bristlecone pine tree found in the higher mountains of California, Nevada, and Utah. Methuselah is a bristlecone pine that is 4,851 years old and the oldest known living non-clonal organism on Earth.”

On the Methuselah Grove trail last week:

They call me Old Grumble-Face. I have no idea why they do that....

5 response to "Pinus longaeva"

  1. By: Lah Posted: August 10, 2019

    Wow! Interesting tree…kind of spooky looking. I guess if I were that old, I’d look spooky, too. Beautiful view and I think I remember that this month (not that I’ve had the opportunity to ride) you did not have to have a bicycle in the picture.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: August 11, 2019

      The bristlecone pines on Telescope Peak seem to be in far worse shape than the ones we saw in the White Mountains. Despite that, or because of it, they seemed far more interesting than the younger, healthier ones. A lesson there?

      By the way, in the second photo, the sapling beside my ace support crew is over 100 years old. My ace support crew insists she is much younger than that!

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 11, 2019

    So the sapling is in fact an infant at ‘only’ 100 years old.

    Just reading the NPS site about bristlecones — fascinating trees.

    Interesting the Wheeler Peak in Great Basin NP bristlecones grow on quartzite boulders and in other areas quartzite and granitic material is avoided.

  3. By: Scooter Posted: August 11, 2019

    Yes, I’d say that qualifies. I was hoping someone would include a bristlecone. Since there’s no bike though, I think you owe us just a bit more, is there a Joshua Tree to be found?

  4. By: Seasidejanet Posted: August 12, 2019

    and the lovely “Ace Support Crew”……….love the bristlecone’s haven’t been in yrs…..need to get my crew there!!

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