Pinus edulis. COLORADO PIÑON. Wyoming to Southern California
PINACEAE (Pine family)

The piñon, or nut pine, is a small ornamental tree with inch-long needles intwos and stocky cones about 2 inches high. The edible seeds are harvested in the wild for sale. There is a specimen at 525 Los Arboles Avenue, visible from Searsville Road, partly obscured behind a fence.

A simple key to campus pines.

Other campus pines: Pinus brutia eldarica | Pinus bungeana | Pinus canariensis | Pinus contorta | Pinus coulteri | Pinus densiflora | Pinus edulis | Pinus halepensis | Pinus jeffreyi | Pinus maximartinezii | Pinus mugo | Pinus muricata | Pinus nigra | Pinus patula | Pinus pinea | Pinus ponderosa | Pinus radiata | Pinus roxburghii | Pinus sabiniana | Pinus sylvestris | Pinus thunbergiana | Pinus torreyana | Pinus wallichiana

Illustrations (links open new windows): CalPhotos

Additions/Revisions: Pinus monopylla extends throughout the Great Basin and into Eastern California. P. quadrifolia and P. edulis have limited distribution in Southern California, and there is dabate over the taxonomic status of those populations.

Name derivation, genus | species The Latin name | edible (the seeds)

Related material: treatment in Jepson Manual | Gymnosperm Database

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