Home Forum Resources Shop Journey Log Back to map



intro1234567891011121314151617181920212223


Timeline
Lewis and Clark
SHOWING RECORD: 14 of 23   Western Larch
PreviousNextJournals and Maps
image: Western Larch
Photograph by Phil Schermeister/Corbis
Western Larch

Larix occidentalis



First Noted by Expedition
September 14, 1805, on the Lolo Trail, Idaho.
 

Description
Very large deciduous tree with narrow, conical crown of horizontal branches. Height: 80-150 ft (24-46 m). Diameter: 1.5-3 ft (0.5-0.9 m), sometimes larger.
 

Habitat
Mountain slopes and valleys on porous, gravelly, sandy, and loamy soils; with other conifers.
 

Range
Southeastern British Columbia south to northwestern Montana and northern Oregon; at 2,000-5,500 ft (610-1,676 m) in north; to 7,000 ft (2,134 m) in south.
 

Note
Western larch often follows or survives fires, later being replaced by other conifers. The natural sugar in the gum and wood can be made into medicine and baking powder.

Species information from enature.com
ADVERTISEMENT

Subscribe Online
Your subscriptions help National Geographic conservation efforts worldwide >>



ADVERTISEMENT
Sitka Mountain Ash
Subalpine Fir
Western Larch
Western Red Cedar
Whitebark Pine
Flathead Indians
Nez Perce Indians
Bitterroot Autumn
Bitterroot Meadow
Bitterroot Mountains
Bitterroot River