Widdringtonia nodiflora (L.) Powrie

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Widdringtonia nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slope above upper Nhandar valley, Mt Gorongosa

Widdringtonia nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Widdringtonia nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Widdringtonia nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Widdringtonia nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Valley below Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts

Widdringtonia nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Valley below Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts

Widdringtonia nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Valley below Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts

Widdringtonia nodiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small valley North-east of Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Callitris whytei (Rendle) Engl.
Widdringtonia cupressoides auct.
Widdringtonia whytei Rendle
Common names: Mountain cedar (English) Mountain cypress (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small tree often stunted and shrubby. Bark grey to brown, thinly fissured and flaking. Leaves needle-like and spreading when young, up to 2 cm long; scale-like when mature, c. 2 mm long, dark green, tightly appressed to the branches. Male cones 2-4 mm long with 6 pairs of scales, terminal; female cones, c. 2 cm in diameter with 4 valves, woody, dark brown, both sexes on the same tree.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: nodiflora: "flowering" at the nodes.
Habitat: On exposed ridges and mountain sides, usually where evergreen forest can not reach.
Altitude range: (metres) 1600 - 2400 m
Flowering time:Cones: throughout the year
Worldwide distribution: Southern Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Saturday 4 October 2008
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 92. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 338 - 342. as Widdringtonia whytei (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 231.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 54 - 55. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 74.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Widdringtonia nodiflora
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West African Plants database: Widdringtonia nodiflora


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Widdringtonia nodiflora.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103020, retrieved 25 May 2016

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