Pinyon

Genus Pinus
Pine Family (Pinaceae)





Pinyon
   Photograph by Sandra Bray


Pinyon
(Pinus edulis)


The needles on this tree usually occur in bundles of two, enclosed in a sheath at the base.

The species name edulis means "edible", and refers to the very nutritious seeds. These were used by the native Americans as one of their most important food sources. The sticky resin also had many uses.


The Pinyon Pine is the state tree of New Mexico.



Pinyon
   Photograph by Sandra Bray




Government Creek Cove
Boulder Mountain
Wayne County, Utah


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Photographed
by Sandra Bray