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The European larch is native to the mountains of central Europe. It prefers dry climates, and quite unusually for a conifer, it has deciduous needles and is mostly bare in winter. It is the dominant species on some lateral alpine valleys and can form singles species forests as seen here. Check the whole series for details on the tree and its habitat.
Alpine slope, alt. 1800 m .
These tress can reach a height of 30-40 meters. The bark is grayish-red, cracked and very thick on old trees. Larches growing on a steep slope acquire the typical curved shape seen on the first shot as they fight against gravity to straighten up. The cones of the European larch are are ovoid-conic, 2–6 cm long. They are green variably flushed red when immature, turning brown and opening to release the seeds when mature. The old cones commonly remain on the tree for many years, turning dull grey-black (pic 3) Narrow valleys surrounded by high peaks provide a habitat especially well suited for this species (pic 5) Here see a series on the same species taken in autumn http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/890....