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Widdringtonia nodiflora (L.) Powrie

Shrub or small tree with brown to grey bark, spirally-arranged, needle-like juvenile leaves and scale-like, dark green adult leaves.  To 6m, occasionally larger.  [].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1799.  [JD].  Illustrated in the Flowering Plants of Africa.  [The Flowering Plants of Africa. Thonner. pl.2/1915].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [C.88/1850].


Thuja cupressoides Hort. ex Carrière (1867) = Platycladus orientalis (L.f.) Franco which see.

Published Aug 03, 2009 - 07:55 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 05:16 PM

Illustrated are leaves and fruits + details of seeds.  The Flowering Plants of Africa. Thonner. pl.2, 1915.

Widdringtonia nodiflora | The Flowering Plants of Africa. Thonner. pl.2/1915 as Callitris cupressoides | BHL

Family Cupressaceae
Region of origin

Southern Africa

  • Callitris cupressoides (L.) Schrad. ex E.Mey.
  • Thuja cupressoides L.
Common Name

Mountain cedar, Mountain cypress

Name in the Camden Park Record

Thuja cupressoides 

Confidence level high