One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tall slender pine tree, the most widespread conifer of western North America, planted for timber and as an ornamental.
Pinus ponderosa, family Pinaceae
- ‘Among them were species like ponderosa and lodgepole pine, trees that proved so commercially valuable they contributed significantly to the building of the country.’
- ‘At first all we saw were woods dominated by ponderosa and sugar pines.’
- ‘In California, 94,000 Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, and sugar pine will be planted an 350 acres of Tahoe National Forest near Nevada City.’
- ‘A single seed was used for species with larger seeds (western white pine, ponderosa pine, loblolly pine, and Pacific silver fir).’
- ‘He predicts 30 to 40 percent of the ponderosas and 80 percent of the piñons will fall victim to insects by next summer.’
- ‘When a ponderosa pine on the hillside drops its needles every fall, Keskimaki leaves them in place as a winter mulch to protect plants from extreme cold, then removes them in the spring.’
- ‘The northern Idaho ground squirrel lives in dry, rocky meadows surrounded by forests of ponderosa pine or Douglas fir.’
- ‘The skyline is dotted with mountain ranges on whose slopes are dense forests of aspen, fir, spruce and ponderosas.’
- ‘But he was unhappy about planting only Douglas-fir or ponderosa pine on a site, replacing the natural mixed species with a monoculture.’
- ‘In ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, and Sitka spruce, dimpling sometimes occurs as numerous small, conical indentations of the plane of the growth ring.’
- ‘The majestic ponderosa pine occupies the transition zone between mountain valleys and the cooler, damper spruce/fir zone.’
- ‘The east side is dry ponderosa and lodgepole pine country.’
- ‘But ponderosas aren't the only trees in the western woods, and different forests require different solutions.’
- ‘The distribution of tree species will change, and fire-resistant ponderosas will likely survive where Douglas firs and white pines may not.’
- ‘The eagles tend to roost in huge ponderosas in northeast-facing canyons among the hills that dot Wyoming's mile-high prairies.’
- ‘When we're talking about disastrous forest fires in the West, usually we're talking about low-lying, dry forests of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir.’
- ‘Approximately one-third of the tract is timbered with ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, and Douglas fir; the rest is Camas prairie.’
- ‘Eventually, dwarf mistletoe plants steal enough water, minerals, and nutrients to kill the ponderosa and lodgepole pines, Douglas-firs, western larches, and western hemlocks they attack.’
- ‘There were hardwoods and ponderosas, as well as a dozen varieties of cactus, but no grasses or wildflowers.’
- ‘The Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, and sugar pine planted in this area will help regenerate an ecosystem inhabited by wildlife, including bald eagles.’
Late 19th century: feminine of Latin ponderosus ‘massive’, used as a specific epithet in Pinus ponderosa.
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