Slash Pine - Pinus elliottii
Slash Pine grows near the Southeastern coast and is the most common conifer in Florida. It can grow to 100 feet in height with a straight trunk free of branches and a small crown. The needles are up to a foot in length and borne in fascicles of 2 or 3; they are glossy and stiff. The cones (up to 6 inches) are dark reddish-brown and ovoid, with short prickles; they open when mature. The bark is furrowed with large, scaly plates. This pine may become established on disturbed sites such as abandoned fields. The common name refers to swampy ground populated with trees and shrubs.