Abies pinsapo var. marocana / Moroccan fir

Abies pinsapo var. marocana as described in 2008 by John Silba, in Journal of the International Conifer Preservation Society vol.15, no.44, is commonly known as Moroccan fir. In differs from the type species in the following ways (Aljos Farjon in World Checklist and Bibliography of Conifers ©1998, RBG Kew):

Foliar buds are less resinous, and slightly larger
Leaves more pectinately arranged, flatter, more acute, with a faint groove and fewer stomata above; resin canals marginal
Seed cones are larger; 4 to 7.2 inches (10-18 cm) long and 1.4 to 2 inches (3.5 - 5 cm) wide, versus 3.6 to 6.4 inches (9 - 16 cm) long and (3 - 5 cm) wide in the type.

This specific variety is native to the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco.

Abies pinsapo var. marocana — a young example seen in a private garden in Petaluma, California (USDA Zone 9, Mediterranean climate).
Photo by Sara Malone

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