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Subalpine Fir - Abies lasiocarpa
Other Names:  Abies bifolia

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Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5
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  • Details on Status Ranking and Review
    Subalpine Fir (Abies lasiocarpa) Conservation Status Review
    Review Date = 05/24/2012
    Population Size

    Score0 - Large: Generally >100,000 individuals.


    Range Extent

    Score0 - Widespread species within Montana (occurs in 5% or more of the state or generally occurring in 6 or more sub-basins.) as well as outside of Montana.


    Area of Occupancy

    Score0 - High: Occurs in >25 Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).



    Score0 - Stable or Increasing: Population size, range, and/or available habitat stable, increasing or fluctuating in the recent past (approximately 30 years).



    Score0 - Low: Impacts, if any, to the species are expected to be minor or insignificant (affecting <10% of populations) in severity, scope and immediacy.


    Intrinsic Vulnerability

    Score0 - Low Vulnerability: Species does not have any unusual or specific life history or biological attributes or limted reproductive potential which makes it susceptible to extirpation from stochastic events or other adverse impacts to its habitat and thus slow to recover.


    Environmental Specificity

    Score0 - Low: Species is a generalist that occurs in a variety of habitats and/or is tolerant of disturbed or degraded habitats (C -Values of 1-4).


    Raw Conservation Status Score

    Score 0 total points scored out of a possible 19.

General Description
Generally a small tree up to ca. 30 m tall with a narrow crown. Bark gray but splitting to reveal a brownish layer beneath. Leaves 1–3 cm long, turned upward, blunt-tipped except on cone-bearing branches. Stomates on both surfaces. Seed cones deep blue, 3–8 cm long. (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
YK to CO, AZ and NM (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 463

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Relative Density



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Moist forests; montane to treeline (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View WorldCat Record   View Online Publication
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    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee. 1993. Flora of North America north of Mexico. Vol. 1. Introduction. Oxford Univ. Press, New York.
    • Lesica, P. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX.
    • Little, E.L., Jr. 1979. Checklist of United States trees (native and naturalized). Agriculture Handbook No. 541. U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C. 375 pp.
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Subalpine Fir — Abies lasiocarpa.  Montana Field Guide.  Montana Natural Heritage Program.  Retrieved on November 25, 2015, from
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