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Pinaceae -- Pine family

    Philip M. McDonald and Robert J. Laacke

    Monterey pine (Pinus radiata) is the most widely planted  pine in the world (9). Rapid growth and desirable lumber and pulp  qualities cause it to be the leading introduced species in  Australia, New Zealand, and Spain (34), and a major species in  plantations of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Kenya, and the Republic  of South Africa. In these countries, Monterey pine is a mainstay  of the forest economy, serving internal markets, generating  valuable foreign exchange reserves as an export, and reducing  cutting pressure on native forests.

    Pinus radiata was first noted by Thomas Coulter at  Monterey, CA, in 1830. The scientific name refers to the strong  markings on the cone scales, and the common name to the peninsula  on which it grows extensively. Other common names are insignis  pine and radiata pine. Radiata pine is a common name increasingly  used worldwide; pino insigne is the Spanish equivalent.

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Philip M. McDonald

Source: Silvics of North America

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