Spermatophyta: Gymnospermae: Pinales

Cupressaceae - Cypress family

Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000) Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

Lewis, J. (1960) Cupressaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1)

Description of the family

Monoecious or dioecious, resinous, trees or shrubs. Mature leaves scale-like, appressed and decussate; juvenile leaves subulate, spreading and spirally or irregularly arranged. Male strobili with few, ± peltate, scales, bearing 2-many pollen-sacs. Female strobili with 1-12 woody or fleshy scales; ovules erect. Mature female strobili usually a dehiscent cone, but sometimes berry-like and indehiscent (Juniperus).

Worldwide: 20 genera and 125 species, ± cosmopolitan.

Zimbabwe: 9 cultivated genera and 18 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

Callitris Vent.Description
Calocedrus KurzDescription
Chamaecyparis SpachDescription
Cupressus L.Description
Juniperus L.Description
Libocedrus Endl.
Platycladus Spach
Thujopsis Siebold & Zucc. ex Endl.Description
Widdringtonia Endl.Description

Other sources of information about Cupressaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Cupressaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Cupressaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cupressaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cupressaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cupressaceae
Wikipedia: Cupressaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Cupressaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=67, retrieved 3 February 2023

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