Larix decidua decidua
The European larch is a larch species native to the mountains of central Europe. Unlike other members of the Pinaceae family it has deciduous needles which turn yellow before falling in winter.
The trees shown here were found in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 2000m. The European larch is among the tree line trees in the Alps, reaching 2400 m altitude, though most abundant from 1000–2000 m.
Pictures taken last year at the first snow fall. The trees had just started to turn yellow.
Lat: 46.21, Long: 7.14
Spotted on Oct 14, 2011
Submitted on Feb 9, 2012
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