Pinus elliottii var. densa

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  • native plant

Pinus elliottii var. densa is also known as the Dade County pine or the southern slash pine. This unique variety of the American slash pine is endemic to peninsular Florida. The variety name “densa” refers to the dense, resinous wood which is nearly termite-proof and thus a popular building material for early Florida settlers. Once ubiquitous in the South Florida landscape, this pine is now relegated to nature preserves and a few private properties. This is a shame, since South Florida’s only native pine species is not only beautiful, it’s a foundational species for the globally imperiled pine rocklands ecosystem. A Connect to Protect Network Species! (Pot size: 3 gallon)

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