Norway spruce (Picea abies)
The Norway spruce (Picea abies) is a mountain and subalpine species of resinous trees from the Pinaceae family. It has cones with scales that point downwards, which distinguishes it from the silver fir. The Norway spruce’s needles are always arranged around the stalk, like a brush. The species can mainly be found in the Alps, the Jura, the Massif Central, the Vosges or Corsica.On its branches, you may be lucky enough to see a black woodpecker, which has been made famous by the Marcantour Park ecoguide. It can often be heard with its characteristic cry. It is particularly fond of Norway spruces.
The silver fir (Albies alba) is one of the tallest trees in Europe. It can live for several hundred years and is present in the Alps, the Jura, the Pyrenees, the Massif Central, the Vosges or in Corsica.
Its trunk is silvery-grey with needles which are characterised by two white lines and a sweet smell of lemon if you rub them with vigour. Its cones stand up on its branches, like candles on a Christmas tree.
If when you remove a needle no bark comes with it, this confirms that it is a silver fir (not to be confused with the spruce).Its leaves, bark resin and shoots are often used for pharmaceutical purposes.
In the past, the channel used to provide water to the terraces which are today standing fallow and the Barma ruins.Today, irrigation channels are a part of the Park’s agricultural heritage.
Maison du Parc national du Mercantour - Saint-Martin-Vésubie
8, Avenue Kellermann - Villa Les Iris, 06450 Saint-Martin-Vésubie
04 93 03 23 15
Ouvert tous les jours sauf le dimanche du 15 juin au 15 septembre
Maison du Parc national du Mercantour - Tende
103 av du 16 septembre 1947, 06430 Tende
04 83 93 98 82
La Maison du Parc se trouve dans les locaux de l'Office de Tourisme Menton, Riviera & Merveilles - Bureau de Tende
01/06, tous les jours de 8h30 à 17h.
Du 01/10 au 31/05.
Fermé le dimanche.
Fermetures exceptionnelles les 1er janvier, Lundi de Pâques, 1er mai, 1er novembre, 11 novembre et 25 décembre.
De 9h à 12h30 et de 14h à 17h.
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