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:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 41. (Includes a picture).

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).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 17.

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

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 173.

Lewis, J. (1960). Cupressaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 86 - 88. As Widdringtonia whytei (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 12.

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.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 81 - 83. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 80.


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Flora of Malawi: Widdringtonia nodiflora
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Widdringtonia nodiflora

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Widdringtonia nodiflora
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JSTOR Plant Science: Widdringtonia nodiflora
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Widdringtonia nodiflora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Widdringtonia nodiflora
Plants of the World Online: Widdringtonia nodiflora
The Plant List (version 1.1): Widdringtonia nodiflora
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Wikipedia: Widdringtonia nodiflora


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Widdringtonia nodiflora.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103020, retrieved 21 September 2019

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