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Common name:Slash pine
Scientific name:Pinus elliottii (Pinaceae)
Alternative common names:
Coniferous tree 15-30m high with dark green, open crown of modest spread, free of branches to a considerable height. Dark green leaf needles in bundles of two or three, coarse and stiff and crowded at ends of branchlets. This tree produces yellowish to pale brown cones 6-14cm long
Where does this species come from?North America
What is its invasive status in South Africa?Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 2 Proposed legislation: NEMBA – Category 2
Where in South Africa is it a problem?Mpumalanga Province
How does it spread?Seed dispersal from the cones
Why is it a problem?Competes with and replaces indigenous species. Dense stands can reduce water runoff and stream flow from mountain catchments, reduce grazing, and pose a fire hazard which threatens the survival of indigenous animal and plant species
What does it look like?General description: Coniferous tree 15-30 m high, with a dark green, open crown of modest spread, free of branches to a considerable height. Leaves: Needles, dark green; in bundles of two or three, coarse and stiff and crowded at ends of branchlets. Flowers: None Fruit/Seeds: Produces cones that are yellowish-brown in colour, 60-140 mm long; cone scales end in a blunt, grey prickle 1-2mm long
Does the plant have any uses?Planted as a commercial forestry tree and used for timber
Plant me instead alternatives
Yellowwoods (Podocarpua falcatus, Podocapus latifolius)