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Pinus caribaea (Caribbean pine)

Caribbean pine is an important timber tree, one variety of which is under threat from an introduced scale insect.
Pine forest in the Bahamas

Pine forest in the Bahamas

Species information

Scientific name: 

Pinus caribaea Morelet

Common name: 

Caribbean pine

Conservation status: 

Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria, but some varieties assessed as Vulnerable (VU).


Pine forests.

Key Uses: 

Timber, resin.

Known hazards: 

None known.


Genus: Pinus

About this species

Caribbean pine is a keystone species (one that is essential for the diversity and organisation of an ecological community) in the species-rich pine forest ecosystem. It is the only pine native to the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Caribbean pine is the national tree of the TCI where, sadly, the majority of the trees has been killed in recent years by an introduced scale insect. The TCI is one of the UK Overseas Territories.


Pinus recurvata Rowlee


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