Microbiota Kom.

Greek mikros - small, Biota - a former name for Thuja.

Quick-growing, low, spreading evergreen shrub. Foliage green becoming purplish brown. Branchlets in flattened sprays. Leaves scale-like to about 3 mm long in similar lateral and facial pairs, strongly pointed, with an often spreading, incurved tip and a gland on the back. Male and female plants usually separate. Male cones solitary, terminal. Female cones small, 3-6 mm long, spherical; scales 2-4, 1 fertile with 1 seed. Seed wingless.

1 species from the Pacific region of Russia.

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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Subordinate taxa
species        Microbiota decussata Komarov