His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials

Cloud-pine was a type of tree with magical properties. Witches used branches of cloud-pine to fly, and were the only ones known to be able to do so.[1]


When Lyra Silvertongue met Martin Lanselius, the Consul of the witches, he asked her to use the alethiometer to identify which of the cloud-pine branches which he possessed belonged to Serafina Pekkala.[1]

Behind the Scenes[]

  • In the books, cloud-pine was used as a 'steed' that the witches rode on akin to a traditional broomstick. In the film, the witches' cloud-pine made up their bows, and they flew mostly unaided (though still needed to be holding their bows). In the TV series, the cloud-pine appears to be tattooed/dermal implants beneath their very skin - hence, they appear to fly unaided but the pine is part of them. Notably, Mrs Coulter tortures the witch Katja by plucking the twigs/needles out from under her skin.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Northern Lights, Chapter 10
Witch clans Lake Enara clanKeitele clanLake Ladoga clanLake Lubana clanMicokojärvi clanNania clanOnega clanTaymyr clanTikshozero clanLake Umolese clanLake Visha clan
Clan queens Ieva KaskuJulia OjalandJuta KamainenKatya SirkkaPaula PyhäjärowReina MitiRuta SkadiSara LeiroSerafina PekkalaTanja LentanaTilda Vasara
Other witches Lena FeldtMedeaSerafina Pekkala's motherYelena PazhetsTortured witchUnidentified witch
Consuls Martin Lanselius
Important Yambe-AkkaCloud-pineHolding spell