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Abies nordmanniana subsp. equi-trojani - Trojan fir

Abies equitrojani, oksa ©jr

Trojan fir grows in a restricted area of the mountains of western Turkey. The scientific name equi-trojani is a reference to the ancient tale of the Trojan horse, which might well have been constructed of wood from this species as it grows nearby to the location of ancient Troy. This and the other firs of the Asia Minor mountains have caused headaches for botanists because in their splinter-like ranges they don’t form clear-cut species. Nowadays it is regarded, like Bornmueller’s fir (Abies bornmuelleriana), as a western subspecies of Caucasian fir (A. nordmanniana). They closely resemble the latter, with long covering needles and luxuriant broad branches.

Trojan fir grows in Finland at the very limits of its hardiness. At Mustila it has, however, thrived surprisingly well and has suffered frost damage to the lead shoots only in particularly severe winters.