Pinus nigra subsp. laricio Maire

Corsican Pine

Bull. Soc. Hist. Nat. Afrique N. 19: 66 (1928) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tree up to 40 m tall or more. Bark rough, greyish-brown to dark brown; winter buds 12–25 mm long, resinous; scales persistent, fringed, appressed. Leaves in pairs, 10–15 cm long, dark green. Female cones solitary or in clusters, subsessile, yellowish-brown, ovoid-conic, 3–8 cm long, deciduous; exposed portion of scale angular but slightly rounded, with truncate basal protuberance. Seed with a well-developed wing.

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *OtP, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised SA. Native to France (Corsica), Italy (Calabria, Sicily). This pine sometimes escapes into eucalypt forest from Victorian plantations.

Subsp. laricio differs from subsp. nigra in being more sparsely branched, with more flexible, narrow leaves which are less persistent (rarely lasting longer than three years).

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Conifers (Pinophyta). In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Pinus nigra var. corsicana (Loudon) Hyl.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
class Pinopsida
order Pinales
family Pinaceae
genus Pinus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pinus nigra subsp. laricio in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pinus nigra subsp. laricio in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present cultivated

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South Australia