a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The varied plants of the mountain forests of Asia...
This genus of conifers contains some 50 or so species. They usually grow as tall trees. Firs can be distinguished from other conifers by the way each single needle-like leaf is attached to the branch with a rounded base. The cones usually stand upright like candles, and then start to fall apart once mature. They are mostly found in mountain forests, and are distributed across Asia, Europe, Africa and North & Central America.
Abies densa, 'Bhutan/Sikkim Fir' (Bhutan). It is most common at 3000 to 4000 metres altitude, in the Himalayan region. Similar to Abies spectabilis.
While we might think of Maples of Canadian, they are in fact spread across the northern hemisphere, and most species are found in temperate Asia.
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland".