Stone pine on the Palatine Postcard

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Stone pine on the Palatine

Stone pine on the Palatine, Italy

Pliny the Younger described the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD as being in the shape of a stone pine: "I cannot give you a more exact description of its appearance than by comparing to a stone pine tree; for it shot up to a great height in the form of a tall trunk, which spread out at the top as though into branches."

Photo by Wardsan