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a kind of pine tree (Pinus Cubensis) found in Southern Florida and the West Indies; -- so called because it grows in "slashes."
Pinus elliottii, commonly known as the slash pine, is a pine native to the southeastern United States, from southern South Carolina west to southeastern Louisiana, and south to the Florida Keys. It is fast-growing, but not very long-lived by pine standards, and prefers humid climates and moist soils. Slash pine is named after the "slashes" – swampy ground overgrown with trees and bushes – that constitute its habitat. This tree reaches heights of 18–30 m with a trunk diameter of 0.6–0.8 m. The leaves are needle-like, very slender, in clusters of two or three, and are 18–24 cm long. The cones are glossy red-brown, 5–15 cm in length with a short, thick prickle on each scale. It is known for its conical shape. It may be distinguished from the related loblolly pine by the somewhat longer, glossier needles and larger red-brown cones, and from longleaf pine by the shorter, more slender needles and smaller cones with less broad scales. The two varieties are: P. elliottii var. elliottii ranges from South Carolina to Louisiana, and south to central Florida. Its leaves are in bundles of twos and threes, mostly threes, and the cones are larger, 7–15 cm.
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