December 2015

Pinus peuce Grieseb.



Pinus peuce is an endemic pine species of the southern Balkan peninsula. Apart from Greece, it occurs in South Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, FYROM and Bulgaria, where it forms pure or mixed stands with other conifers and broadleaved species. In our country it meets the southernmost part of its distribution, occurring in isolated locations of the northern border in Macedonia and Thrace. It grows in the montane zone, at altitudes up to 1700 m, avoiding limestone soils. It usually reaches a height of 30-35 m, but individuals that reach 42 m have been reported.

Giorgos Poulis