Scientific Name: Pinus spp.

Family: Pinaceae

There are four native pine species in the state plus a large number of ornamental pines. The native species include Pinus echinata (short leaf pine), P. edulis (piñon pine), P. ponderosa (western yellow pine), and P. taeda (loblolly pine). Pollen in the pine family is distinctive due to the presence of two large air bladders. The pollen is produced in abundance but the large size limits its dispersal and the majority of pollen is deposited in the vicinity of the tree. Because of the abundance of the pollen, it may result in a yellow blanket coating the surroundings.

Rightmost Images Courtesy of Mary Jelks, M.D.

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