[suhb-al-pahyn, -pin]
pertaining to the regions at the foot of the Alps.
Botany. growing on mountains below the limit of tree growth, and above the foothill, or montane, zone.

1650–60; sub- + alpine Unabridged
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subalpine (sʌbˈælpaɪn)
1.  situated in or relating to the regions at the foot of mountains
2.  (of plants) growing below the treeline in mountainous regions

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Breeding: northern and subalpine conifers, particularly spruces and firs.
Glacial, alpine and subalpine mountains seem harsh but are filled with
Agriculture and urban areas were shaded as dangerous, pine forests and
  subalpine meadows as habitable.
Emerging from under the green forest blanket into the open world of the
  subalpine can be breathtaking.
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