Tamarack Larix laricina (Du Roi) K. KochEndangered (MD)  -  S1 (Highly state rare)    Synonyms: American Larch, Hackmatack, Larch.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Coniferophyta   >   Class Pinopsida   >   Order Pinales   >   Family Pinaceae   >   Genus Larix   

Status:

Tamarack has a wide range, occurring across the Canadian north and in New England and the Great Lake states. It is at the southernmost limit of its range in western Maryland, where it has been recorded only in Allegheny and Garrett counties. It is found mostly in swamps or boggy soils.

Description:

Tamarack is one of the few deciduous conifers. Its needles, which are in spirally arranged clusters, turn bright yellow in autumn. The female cones are small, ovoid, and reddish in the spring.

Where to find:

Loot for Tamarack at Finzel Swamp in Allegheny/Garrett counties, and at Cranesville Swamp, on the Maryland-West Virginia line.

Relationships:

Host plant for Apple Sphinx, White-lined Leafroller Moth, Northern Pine Sphinx, Eastern Panthea Moth, and Chain-dotted Geometer Moth.

There are 18 records in the project database.

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Tamarack in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/9/2015). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

A Tamarack in Garrett Co., Maryland (8/29/2016). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Tamarack in Allegany Co., Maryland (5/30/2017). Note the small, ovoid, reddish female cones. Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Young leaves of a Tamarack in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/23/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Tamarack in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/19/2020). (c) jared_satchell, all rights reserved. Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

Tamarack at 1000 Acre Heath, Maine (7/7/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Tamarack in Garrett Co., Maryland (9/21/2017). Photo by Mark Eanes. (MBP list)

Tamarack sporting autumn foliage in Garrett Co., Maryland (10/26/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Tamarack in Garrett Co., Maryland (10/26/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Tamarack in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/6/2017). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)


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