Microbiota decussata Komarov


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.

Grows naturally in montane rocky sites of E Siberia especially near Vladivostock. A little known genus botanically but grown ornamentally as a dwarf ground-cover with colourful foliage.

Pacific Russia.

Very similar to Juniperus but with woody cones. Foliage colouring purplish-brown; leaves long-pointed, spreading and with incurving tips; cones small with 2-4 scales; seed wingless.

VIC: Geelong (Bot. Gds).

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
genus       Microbiota Kom.