Caribbean pine

 
 

Caribbean pine, or pitch pine, is native to the Bahamas, western Cuba, and Central America. It has been introduced to many tropical countries, in several of which there are commercial plantations. In Puerto Rico it is planted mostly for ornament and erosion control. It reaches a height of 140 feet, with a trunk 4 feet in diameter. During spring it produces  slender male cones, up to 2 inches long, that fall to the ground shortly after releasing their pollen, and female cones, up to 4 inches long that open in the following fall to liberate winged seeds. The wood is seldom used locally because it is considered inferior, but it can be employed for the same uses given to pine imported from North America and Brazil. The generic name means pine. The species name refers to its geographic origin.


The photographed trees are southeast of the Nursing Building. There  are several other trees in the campus; for example, in front of this same building, in front of the Chemistry Building, north of the Entomology Laboratory, and west of the Dispensary. The largest trees were planted between 1985 and 1989 by Leonardo Flores and Carlos Figueroa.

Pinus caribaea (Pinaceae)