Book of Mediterranean Trees, Shrubs and Climbers


Picea omorika  Serbian Spruce
Family Pinaceae
Genus Picea  [PIS-e-a]  ancient L. name for Spruce, perhaps derived from the L. pix meaning pitch
Species omorika   
Properties tree
Picea omorika, common name Serbian spruce (Serbian: Панчићева оморика, Pančićeva omorika, pronounced [pâːnt͡ʃit͡ɕɛv̞a ɔmɔ̌rika]), is a species of coniferous tree endemic to the Drina River valley in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina near Višegrad, and western Serbia, with a total range of only about 60 ha, at 800–1,600 m (2,625–5,249 ft) altitude. It was originally discovered near the village of Zaovine on the Tara Mountain in 1875, and named by the Serbian botanist Josif Pančić; the specific epithet omorika is simply the Serbian word for "Serbian spruce". All other spruces are smrča (смрча) in Serbian.
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