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Abies concolor variety concolor (White Fir)
Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Montane. Woodlands. Spring.
Haviland Lake, April 31, 2008.

Abies concolor occurs in all the Four Corners states.  It is a handsome tree, which does, however, as this photo indicates, tend to become distorted with age.

Philip Miller named this genus in the 18th century; "Abies" is the classical Latin name. "Concolor" is Latin for, "with color", describing the rather even coloration of this species.

The species was first collected for science by Augustus Fendler in his mid-1840s botanizing in New Mexico and the plant was first named Picea concolor by George Gordon and Robert Glendinning in 1858.  It was renamed Abies concolor by Lindley in 1861, and, interestingly, it was given a third genus name in 1868 when the eminent botanist George Engelmann named it Pinus concolor.

Abies concolor variety concolor (White Fir)
Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Montane. Woodlands. Spring.
Haviland Lake, April 31, 2008.

Abies concolor variety concolor (White Fir)
Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Montane. Woodlands. Spring.
Haviland Lake, April 31, 2008.

The sharply upward curving leaves are common, but not always so pronounced as pictured.  Leaves are pale blue-green, flat, and blunt-tipped.

Click to ompare the leaves, bark, and other characteristics of Abies concolor with those of Abies bifolia.

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Abies concolor variety concolor (White Fir)
Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Montane. Woodlands. Spring.
Haviland Lake, April 31, 2008.

Bark on young and mature trees is light gray but ages from smooth to furrowed and scaled.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Abies concolor