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Pinus patula (PROSEA)

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Plant Resources of South-East Asia
List of species

Pinus patula Schlechtendal & Chamisso

Protologue: Linnaea 6: 354 (1831).


  • Pinus subpatula Roezl ex Gordon (1862).

Vernacular names

  • Spreading-leaved pine, Mexican weeping pine, Jelecote pine (En).


Mexico; planted in South-East Asia, particularly in Papua New Guinea.


The wood is used for light construction work, boxes, ceilings, joinery and flooring, and for paper production.


  • A medium-sized, slender tree up to 30(-40) m tall, but in plantations often much shorter, usually with a straight and cylindrical bole, sometimes forked, rough and deeply fissured bark, scaly with papery sheets curling upwards, and branches horizontal or turned upwards at their tips.
  • Needles in bundles of (2-)3-4(-5), very slender, 15-30 cm long, persistent for 2-4 years.
  • Mature cones in groups of 3-6, 4-12 cm × 2.5-4 cm, often curved, shortly stalked, pale glossy grey or brown.
  • Seed 3-5 mm long with a wing of c. 10 mm long, brownish-black.

Selected sources

157, 163, 224, 488, 803.

Main genus page


  • M.S.M. Sosef (selection of species)