Bristlecone pine

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Description

A slow-growing pine, Pinus aristata, native to the western United States. Bristlecone pines grow for thousands of years and are the oldest known living trees. Tree ring samples obtained from bristlecone pines have provided calibration samples for carbon 14 dating charts.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Pinus aristata

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Encyclopedia of Archaeology, Glyn E. Daniel, ed., Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York, 1977
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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