Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Rarest Pine

The Torrey Pine is the rarest pine tree in the United States, growing naturally in only two places - off the coast of Santa Barbara on Santa Rosa Island, and just south of here, along a short stretch of coastal bluff, where a 2,000 acre preserve has been set aside for them. They grow high atop the sandstone cliffs with coastal chaparral and seasonal wildflowers, their trunks twisted into fantastic shapes by the prevailing onshore winds. The trees have broad, open canopies and solid, heavy pine cones with edible pine nuts. Just north of the preserve is a salt marsh where birds on the Pacific Flyway migratory path make their stopovers. The preserve is one of the wildest stretches of coastline left undisturbed in southern California

1 comment:

High Desert Diva said...

I've heard of Torrey Pines, but didn't know their history. Interesting...thanks for the lesson!