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Conifer needle gall - Pinyonia edulicola

Conifer needle gall - Pinyonia edulicola
Gila National Forest, Grant County, New Mexico, USA
March 13, 2010
Size: ~ 1 cm
I found several of these plump, red, fusiform needle galls on a conifer at about 7,500 feet in southwestern New Mexico in the Gila NF. Unfortunately, the tree didn't have any cones and I didn't recognize the tree species or have my tree guides with me. I've included a couple of photos of the tree in case someone can ID it - I thought it might be a spruce?

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Conifer needle gall - Pinyonia edulicola Conifer needle gall - Pinyonia edulicola

Moved
Moved from Unidentified Galls. A good match for Gagne's drawing and description of the gall of Pinyonia edulicola.

 
Wow -
thanks so much, Charley!

Pinyon Pine
This is a two-needled pine, which in this location and habitat must be Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis).

 
Thanks, John!
Well, with that in mind, these are likely cecidomyiid galls of some sort, based on the Russo book. I can't "picture match" it to a particular gall, but maybe Charley or Joyce will recognize it?

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