Diselma Hook.f.

Greek di - two, selma - upper deck; referring to the two fertile scales.

Shrub or rarely a small tree to 6 m tall in the wild but rarely to more than 1 m in cultivation. Generally grown as a botanical curiosity. Scale leaves closely pressed to the stem, thick and blunt, about 1 mm long in opposite pairs at right angles to one-another. Male and female cones on separate plants. Male cones solitary, terminal, small, hardly differing in appearance from the branchlet tips. Mature female cones to 4 mm wide, slightly broader than the branchlet, solitary and terminal; scales persistent in 2 oppositely-arranged pairs, only the upper pair fertile, each with two ovules. Seeds with 2-3 wings.

1 species from the alpine west coast of Tasmania.

Leaves thick, blunt, closely-pressed to the stem; small cones.

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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species        Diselma archeri Hook.f.