One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very long-lived shrubby pine of western North America. It has been used in dendrochronology to check radiocarbon dating.
Pinus longaeva, family Pinaceae
- ‘And some bristlecone pines are arguably the oldest living organisms on earth.’
- ‘Redwoods can live 10 times that long, and bristlecone pines can be more than 4,500 years old.’
- ‘I know I have been unable to get a bristlecone pine to grow in Blacksburg, Virginia!’
- ‘The shape of the roof and overhangs mirrors the shape of the bristlecone pine trees in the area.’
- ‘Some bristlecone pine trees on Pikes Peak could be more than 2,000 years old.’
- ‘Just like bristlecone pines, grapes are threatened by a pathogen, in this case Xylella fastidiosa.’
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