Mexican Pinyon - Pinus cembroides
Amongst the smaller conifers, this pinyon has 3 needles to a bunch. It is an extreme southwestern species, growing in Arizona and Texas and southward. This is a middle to high elevation species (up to 7,500 feet) where it grows in hot, dry conditions. The needles are borne in fascicles of 3 and are bluish or gray-green. The large seeds are consumed by birds and mammals, including humans. Although restricted in numbers in its northern range, it is common in Mexico. The rounded cones are less than two inches broad and ripen in two years.