Conifers are rare, and the Scotch pine, which is abundant on the sandy plains, takes the place of the Abies.
In the genus Abies, the silver firs, the cones are erect, and their scales drop off when the seed ripens; the leaves spread in distinct rows on each side of the shoot.
Silver Fir (Abies pectinate).
The Norway spruce seems to have been the "Picea" of Pliny, but is evidently often confused by the Latin writers with their "Abies," the Abies pectinate of modern botanists.
This tree appears to have been the true "Abies" of the Latin writers - the "pulcherrima abies" of Virgil.