Pinus monophylla/ Pinus
|Single-needle Pinyon Pine
| A true
native, the Pinyon Pine is one of Nevada's state trees. Pictured here are two
different species found in Nevada, however, their differences are small.
Although they are found in two differents geographical ranges, their physical
difference lies in their needles--one grows in singles and the other in pairs.
These evergreens grow a slow 10-20 feet and have 2 inch cones which bear large,
easily shelled nuts, much like the ones found in the
| Even before European explorers set foot on this land, the Pinyon
Pine nut provided the basis of humans' diets. The Native Americans gathered
large amounts of pine nuts for an array of recipes. One usage I found
particularly interesting was a pine nut soup used as milk for motherless
Wilbur D. May Center at
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 N. Sierra,
Reno, Nevada U.S.A.
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