Calocedrus Kurz

Incense Cedar

Greek kalos - beautiful, kedros - cedar, conifer

Evergreen trees. Leaves strongly pressed to and extending down the stems, flattened, scale-like and in opposite pairs with only the pointed tips spreading; the lateral pair overlap the stem-clasping facial pair. Male and female cones solitary, usually on different branches of the same tree. Female cones narrowly ovate; scales 6, erect, woody, each with a small prickle at the tip and with only the longest central pair fertile. Seed with 2 unequal wings.

C. macrolepsis Kurz and C. formosana (Florin) Florin are occasionally available from specialist nurseries.

3 species from North America, Taiwan and China.

Timber used commercially.

Seed, cultivars from cuttings.

Leaves long and narrow with the bases extending down the stems and appearing to be in 4's; sprays flat. Formerly placed in Libocedrus but differing in having flatter sprays, longer mature leaves in false whorls of 4 (2 pairs almost identical).

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Cupressaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Pinopsida
order     Pinales
family      Cupressaceae
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