Widdringtonia nodiflora (syn. Widdringtonia cupressoides)
Berg Cypress, Mountain Cypress, Mountain Cedar
- Conifer, evergreen shrub or small tree, often no more than 6 m tall, frequently multi-stemmed, crown
narrowly conical at first. Large tree versions reportedly exist in some native habitats.
Bark gray to brown, thinly fissured and flaking. Leaves needle-like and spreading when young, up
to 2 cm long and 2 mm wide; adult leaves scale-like, about 2 mm long, dark green, tightly appressed to the branches.
Male pollen cones terminal, 2-4 mm long; female seed cones, about 2 cm in diam., woody, dark
brown; both sexes on the same tree.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 9 Native to the mountains of southern and southeastern
Africa. The shrubbiest species of Widdringtonia and the only one capable of resprouting
after a fire (Eckenwalder, 2009).
- nodiflora: flowering at the nodes
- Santa Cruz, California: U.C. Santa Cruz Arboretum