A naturalised population of Larix decidua Mill. (Pinaceae) in the Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria.
The European larch (Larix decidua) is grown as an ornamental or timber tree in many parts of the world. In Bulgaria, it was planted for the first time at the end of the 19th century as an ornamental tree in Sofia and Samokov. Records for an afforestation of small plots date back to the beginning of the 20th century. By 1980 some pure stands or mixed plantations were established in many forestry departments. A case of a naturalised population near the village of Vodni Pad, Devin Municipality, in the Rhodope Mountains is reported here. The parent individuals were planted as ornamental trees in the yard of a border observation post about 40 years ago. A successful seed reproduction was observed with a progeny of different ages (one - app. 20 years), the oldest ones used to produce strobili and seeds for 3-6 years.