43.000 Cupressus L. - Cypresses

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

Description of the genus

Monoecious trees or shrubs. Branchlets cylindric or 4-angled, rarely flattened. Leaves opposite, 4-ranked; adult leaves scale-like, rhomboid. Male cones with 4-10 pairs of sporophylls; each with 3-10 pollen-sacs. Female cones dry and woody, spherical or subspherical, usually with 3-6 pairs of peltate scales. Seeds lens-shaped or faceted, narrowly winged.

Derivation of name: Symmetry (the typical conical shape)

Worldwide: 13 species in the northern hemisphere

Zimbabwe: 6 cultivated taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Xanthisthisa niveifrons (White-headed Thorn) Larval foodplant
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arizonica Greene
funebris Endl.
lusitanica Mill.
macrocarpa Hartw.
sempervirens L.
torulosa D. Don

Other sources of information about Cupressus:

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Cupressus

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cupressus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cupressus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cupressus
Wikipedia: Cupressus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cupressus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cupressus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Cupressus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=95, retrieved 2 July 2022

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