Also known as the Bristlecone Fir or the Santa Lucia Fir, Abies bracteata is a evergreen, coniferous fir native to the rocky slopes along the Santa Lucia Mountains. Abies bracteata is slim and down facing with stiff, sharp, needle-like leaves arranged in a spiral formation. They grow to about 150-180 ft tall and prefer cool, partially shady climates. Unlike most firs, the cones they develop in the spring are long, rounded, and covered in yellow-brown bristles. By autumn, the hardened cones gradually break down to disperse their winged seeds. Abies bracteata endangered status is due to it also being an endemic plant species meaning that it can only be found in the central California coastline where the Santa Lucia Mountains are located.