This tall forest tree, of the pine family, can
grow up to 70 peds of height. It has long straight trunks
with thick bark when mature, which is flaky with a brownish color. This thick
bark and its habit of shedding the lower branches make this species resistant to
fire. The needle-like leaves are pale green, 4 to 7
quadrangular in shape, and in dense clusters of 15-30. The needles, unlike those
of most conifers, are deciduous, turning golden yellow in fall and dropping off.
The pollen cones are small and yellowish green while the seed cones are up to 4
nailsbreadths long. The seed cones are at
first purplish-red, when mature a reddish-brown.
Territory. A Sahnrix Pine usually grows in mixed forests but can occasionally be found in pure groups of trees after a severe wildfire. It demands full sunlight and grows well on fire-blackened soil. Fire releases nutrients, which it uses to grow faster than its companion species. Generally, the Sahnrix Pine can be found in the foothills of most mountain ranges in southern Sarvonia and Nybelmar. It does not grow well when at altitudes greater than 1500 peds. Low temperatures limit the distribution of the Sahnrix. It is quite sensitive to frost damage because it continues to grow from bud-burst in spring through to late fall; most evergreen conifers stop growing in mid-summer.
Usages. Sahnrix sap, when it runs out of the tree and hardens, can be eaten like candy. It is sweet and is available at any time of the year. The stumps of burned or fallen trees yield good gum for eating. Some place pieces of Sahnrix gum in baskets and dissolve them with hot rocks and water, skimming off needles and other extraneous matter, to make syrup. Although it takes a lot of the tree's gum to make any quantity of syrup and usually done on a personal basis. The trunk of this tree is sometimes used, with the bark still attached, as support beams or corner pieces. While the tree will burn, it is slow to catch fire because of this bark and burns slowly until the bark is burned off. This helps with saving the structure before it burns to the ground.
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