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Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Bahieae
Subtribe: Bahiinae
Genus: Peucephyllum
Species: P. schottii
Binomial name
Peucephyllum schottii

Inyonia M.E. Jones

Peucephyllum is a monotypic genus of flowering plants containing the single species Peucephyllum schottii. Its common names include pygmy cedar,[1][3] Schott's pygmy cedar,[4][5] desert fir,[6] and desert pine.[6] It is not a cedar, fir, or pine, but a member of the aster family, Asteraceae. It is a leafy evergreen shrub with glandular, resinous foliage. It flowers in yellow flower heads which have only disc florets. The fruits are woody, bristly seeds with a pappus. This plant is native to the deserts of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah in the United States and Baja California and Sonora in northern Mexico.[7][2]

The species form is similar to that of the common creosote bush (Larrea tridentata): small, greenish, and hemispherical with similar yellow flowers in the spring.


  1. ^ a b Peucephyllum schottii. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN).
  2. ^ a b Cronquist, A; Holmgren, AH; Holmgren, NH; Reveal, JL; Holmgren, PK (1994). Intermountain Flora: Vascular Plants of the Intermountain West, U.S.A. 5. New York Botanical Garden. p. 102. ISBN 0-89327-375-9. 
  3. ^ Peucephyllum schottii. The Jepson Manual.
  4. ^ Peucephyllum schottii. NatureServe. 2012.
  5. ^ Peucephyllum schottii. USDA PLANTS.
  6. ^ a b Peucephyllum schottii. Calflora.
  7. ^ Peucephyllum schottii. Flora of North America.

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