Fl. Calif. 1: 61. 1909.
Trees to 25 m, but often shrubby and less than 10 m; crown broader than tall or columnar, dense or open. Bark rough, furrowed, fibrous. Branchlets decussate, (1.5–) 2–2.5 mm diam. Leaves usually with inconspicuous, shallow, pitlike, abaxial gland that usually does not produce drop of resin, often glaucous. Pollen cones mostly 3–4 × 2 mm; pollen-sacs 3–4. Seed-cones usually globose, mostly 2–2.5 cm, brown or gray, not glaucous; scales mostly 3–4 pairs, with scattered resin blisters, umbos inconspicuous or to 4 mm. Seeds 4–6 mm, dark-brown, faintly to prominently glaucous.
Habitat: Chaparral, foothill woodland, and lower montane forests, on serpentine
Elevation: 200–1100 m