Larix decidua var. polonica / Polish larch

Larix decidua var. polonica, first described in 1930 by (Racib. ex Wóycicki) Ostenf. & Syrach Larsen, is commonly known as Polish larch. It is a specific variety of European larch the differs from the typical variety in the following ways:

  • Seed cones are much smaller, only (1.5 cm) long and (1.2 cm) wide with complete upper margins on seed scales.
  • Young shoots are much paler, almost white-buff in color.
Distribution. This variety is native to Poland's River Wista headwaters and possibly beyond.
Larix decidua var. polonica — young seed cone with foliage.
Photo by C.J. Earle, courtesy of