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Abies pinsapo var. marocana (Sapin du maroc)

Abies pinsapo var. marocana - Sapin du maroc - الشوح - التنوب
Moroccan fir (Abies marocana) is a medium-sized, narrow coniferous tree belonging to the group of Mediterranean firs. The species is often treated as a subspecies of the Spanish fir (Abies pinsapo). Due to fires and forest clearings, the distribution of the tree declined by 70% from 1938-1994. As a result, the tree is now limited to a small area in the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco, where remaining stands are protected in a national park. This current status has also diminished the use of the wood for construction; however, essential oils obtained from the tree’s seeds are used in the perfume industry and in traditional medicines to treat respiratory problems (source : euforgen.org ).

Abies pinsapo var. marocana (Trab.) Ceballos & Bolaño (accepted name)


  • Abies marocana Trab. (synonym)
  • Abies pinsapo var. tazaotana (S. Côzar ex Villar) Pourtet (synonym)
  • Abies pinsapo subsp. tazaotana (S. Côzar ex Villar) R. Govaerts (synonym)
  • Abies tazaotana S. Côzar ex Villar (synonym)

Common names:

Abies pinsapo var. marocana - Sapin du maroc - الشوح - التنوب


  • Kingdom Plantae
  • Phylum Tracheophyta
  • Class Pinopsida
  • Order Pinales
  • Family Pinaceae
  • Genus Abies
  • Species Abies pinsapo


20 MOR-MO; N Morocco (Rif Mts.)

Classification source :  Catalogue Of life
Abies pinsapo var. marocana (Sapin du maroc) Reviewed by GJ on October 11, 2019 Rating: 5

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