from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of dicotyledonous plants, type of the family Balsameaceæ. See Commiphora.


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  • Vegetation in the Tazin Lake Upland in the southwestern region is characterized by medium to tall closed stands of quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) and balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera), with white spruce, balsam fir (Abies balsamea) and black spruce occurring in late successional stages.

    Northern Canadian Shield taiga

  • The boreal forest in this bioregion is characterized by a mix of balsam fir (Abies balsamea) and black spruce (Picea mariana).

    Eastern Canadian forests

  • Along high elevation ridges, red spruce, the endemic Fraser fir (Abies fraseri), and balsam fir (A. balsamea) dominate.

    Appalachian-Blue Ridge forests

  • White spruce (Picea glauca) and balsam fir (Abies balsamea) are the climax species, but are not well represented because of fires.

    Canadian Aspen forests and parklands

  • The forests vary with elevation, with valleys containing hardwood forest with an admixture of eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) and low mountain slopes supporting a mixed forest of red spruce, balsam fir (Abies balsamea), maple, beech, birch, white spruce (P. glauca), and red pine.

    New England-Acadian forests

  • The coast includes typical shoreline communities, namely active dunes with white spruce Picea glauca, and cliffs with prostrate spruce and balsam fir Abies balsamea.

    Gros Morne National Park, Canada

  • Surrounding high elevation forests also support disjunct northern species such as the Canada yew (Taxus canadensis), eastern larch (Larix laricina), red pine (Pinus resinosa), and balsam fir (Abies balsamea).

    Appalachian mixed mesophytic forests

  • The area to the south of James Bay acts as a transition between the coniferous mixed forests to the south and the tundra to the north, and as such, has a greater diversity of species, including balsam fir (Abies balsamea), white spruce (Picea glauca), and black spruce, quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides), and paper birch (Betula papyrifera).

    Southern Hudson Bay taiga

  • The popular and aromatic balsam fir, "Abies balsamea"

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  • The boreal forest in this ecoregion is characterized by dwarf, open and sometimes closed cover patches of black spruce (Picea mariana) and balsam fir (Abies balsamea) alternating with communities of dwarf kalmia (Kalmia polifolia) and mosses.

    Newfoundland Highland forests


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