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Norway Spruce

Picea abies

Plant Data

Order:
Pinales
Family:
Pinaceae (Pine)
Flowers:
Red male cones. Female rufous brown catkins, cigar-shaped and hanging, up to 15cm long. Wind pollinated.
Fruit:
The female flowers develop into green cones, which then grow and become reddish-brown. The cones have roundish to diamond-shaped scales.
Leaves:
A coniferous, evergreen tree. Short, 4-angled, pointed, needle-like leaves. Maximum length is 2.5cm.
Maximum Size:
60 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The male catkins can be eaten, raw or cooked, while young. The seeds can be eaten, raw. The young female cones can also be eaten, cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The needles are sweet-smelling.
Other Names:
European Spruce, German Spruce, Norwegian Spruce.
Habitats:
Heathland, mountains, woodland.