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2 hours ago, nepia said:

To be pedantic softwoods are defined as gymnosperms, not conifers, but nearly all gymnosperms are conifers.  Yew may not be a conifer but it carries its seeds without a carpel, i.e. naked, and is thus a gymnosperm, i.e. a softwood by definition if not by property.

 

Simples.

 

Maybe. :D

Yes I'm out of date apparently it has been considered a conifer since 2003, I learned it was a taxad from my first boss way back.

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I always assumed conifer to mean cone bearing . Is this wrong ?

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I always assumed conifer to mean cone bearing . Is this wrong ?
Nah, i think youre correct.
Think the translation of conifer is "carries cone" or summat like that.

But; gymnosperm and conifer are not the same. All connies are gymnos, but not all gymnos are connies. For example, ginkos and cycads are gymnos but not connies.

As mentioned above, gymnosperm means naked seed.

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I imagine the difference could just be due to the different geographical focus. The FAO is a global institution so they will most likely be basing the data from birch forests from regions such as northern Scandinavia, Russia, Canada, etc. These regions have far shorter growing seasons (longer and colder winters) which becomes very apparent in birch. Having burnt birch from UK and N Sweden I can easily believe the differences stated.

I’m sure I thought that b utilis burnt better than pendula so may be due to species as well as location

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