incense-cedar (Calocedrus decurrens)
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Needles: Scale-like and appressed to twig; set
of four leaves is much longer than it is wide (and is shaped like long-stemmed
wine glass); little or no white pattern on underside.
Fruit: Woody cones
about 1" long; unopened cones
are shaped like a duck's bill; open cones are shaped like a flying goose.
Bark: Flaky when young; platy, furrowed, and reddish-brown
Distribution: Native to the Cascade Mountains
in Oregon and the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. Grow below 6600
ft. (2000 m) in Oregon, below
8000 ft. (2500 m) in California, and above 7500 ft. (2300 m) in Baja California.
For more information about this species, see "Trees
to Know in Oregon".
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by scientific name dichotomous
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