Pinaceae (the pine family) are trees or shrubs, including many of the well-known conifers of commercial importance such as cedars, firs, hemlocks, larches, pines and spruces. The family is included in the order Pinales, formerly known as Coniferales. Pinaceae are the largest extant conifer family in species diversity, with between 220-250 species in 11 genera, and the second-largest in geographical range, found in most of the Northern Hemisphere with the majority of the species in temperate climates but ranging from sub arctic to tropical. The family often forms the dominant component of boreal, coastal and montane forests. One species just crosses the equator in southeast Asia. Major centres of diversity are found in the mountains of southwest China, Mexico, central Japan and California.
They are trees growing from 2 to 100 m tall, mostly evergreen, resinous, monoecious, with subopposite or whorled branches, and spirally arranged, linear leaves. The female cones are large and usually woody, 2-60 cm long, with numerous spirally-arranged scales, and two winged seeds on each scale. The male cones are small, 0.5-6 cm long, and fall soon after pollination; pollen dispersal is by wind. Seed dispersal is mostly by wind, but some species have large seeds with reduced wings, and are dispersed by birds.
Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinaceae - 06.07.2011
Contact and Legal Notes
This is a non-commercial web site of
Ostpreußenring 76, 23569 Lübeck
Phone: + 49 (0) 451 48 97 83 38
For this web site we use the Content Management System TYPO3.
Because we have no impact on layout and contents of linked pages, we are unable to assume liability for them and due to legal causes we dissociate us from all contents of the linked pages.
We offer all on this web site provided informations for free and hope, that they are useful, but without any guarentee.
Several pictures come from www.pixelio.de, commons.wikimedia.org, www.biopix.dk, www.photocase.com and www.sxc.hu. Particulars you can find - as far as known - at the end of each page. Because of different sources a usage of the pictures and texts of "brilliant-creation.org" is not allowed without previous written permission, provided the licence does not state it otherwise.