I was reading another short non-fiction story in Between Two Rivers while I was on vacation this past week. This story, Gold in the Pines, is by Gail Fishman. Fishman has definitely done her research on longleaf pines, so much so that she produces a bunch of other names for the ubiquitous longleaf pine tree.
“Longleaf pines go by a host of common names: American pitch pine, Amerikaanse pitchpine, broom pine, brown pine, fat pine, yellow pine, figured-tree, hard pine, heart pine, hill pine, langbarrig tall, long-leaf pitch, southern pine, longstraw pine, Madera pino, pino tea, red pine, Rosemary pine, soderns gul-all, southern hard pine, Gulf Coast pitch pine, longleaved pitch pine, sump-all, sump-kiefer, tea pine, and turpentine pine. Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina all claim the tree by name–Florida yellow pine, Georgia heart pine, North Carolina pitch pine, and other combinations.”
Who knew there were so many names to this beautiful pine that laces so much of Florida’s natural tapestry.