Red Butte Photo of the Day September 29, 2009

Submitted September 29, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis)

Pinus edulis is one of 20 species of pine tree that delicious pine nuts are harvested from. The seeds are very important to wildlife and are eaten by many insects, mammals and birds.

In its native plant community, it grows very slowly, and trees witha trunk diameter of 6 to 8 inches can be well over 100 years old.

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