Athrotaxis cupressoides D.Don

Tasmanian Pencil Pine

Conical tree to 15 m tall in the wild with a strongly tapered trunk. Branchlets in whorls of 3 with the scale-leaves blunt, to 5 mm long and closely pressed to the shoot. Male and female cones occur on the same tree. Male cones small, terminal, barely wider than shoot. Female cones terminal and globular on the side branches, pale green becoming orange, c. 1 cm long and as wide.

Slow-growing from high rainfall montane areas of the Tasmanian Western Ranges at Lake St Clair, alt. 700-1500 m next to streams and lakes. Offered in the nursery trade for its botanical interest.

ACT: Australian National Bot. Gds. TAS: Hobart (Tasmanian Royal Bot. Gds).

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Taxodiaceae. 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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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Pinopsida
order     Pinales
family      Cupressaceae
genus       Athrotaxis D.Don