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: 4 genera and 5 taxa.

Widdringtonia nodiflora

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Callitris Vent.Description
Cupressus L.Description
Juniperus L.Description
Widdringtonia Endl.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Cupressaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Cupressaceae
Flora of Malawi: Cupressaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Cupressaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cupressaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cupressaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cupressaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cupressaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cupressaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Cupressaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cupressaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Cupressaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cupressaceae
Wikipedia: Cupressaceae
Plants of the World Online: Cupressaceae
Tropicos: Cupressaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Cupressaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=67, retrieved 26 May 2024

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