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Trees ( Needles In Groups of 30-40 )
Pine Family (Pinaceae)

Alpine Larch/Lyall's Larch
Larix lyallii

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 Margin of Subalpine and Alpine
Height:
 5-10 m

Description: The only way to experience this subalpine resident is to climb. It is found only at treeline, and normally only south of Bow Summit. The soft needles are in groups of 30-40, and grow out of tiny branchlets. The individual needles are between 2.5-4.0 cm in length. The bark on young trees is smooth and gray, but it becomes scaly with age. The trees may live in excess of 1000 years, making them possibly the longest lived trees in Canada. Good stands can be seen by driving to Highwood Pass in Kananaskis Country. Hikers can head towards Larch Valley in Banff National Park, or Burstall Pass in Kananaskis Country.

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