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Useful Tropical Plants

Widdringtonia nodiflora

(L.) Powrie

Cupressaceae

+ Synonyms

Callitris cupressoides (L.) Schrad.

Pachylepis cupressoides (L.) Brongn.

Thuja cupressoides L.

Widdringtonia cupressoides (L.) Endl.

Widdringtonia mahoni Mast.

Common Name: Mountain Cedar

Widdringtonia nodiflora
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General Information

Mountain cedar is a usually multi-stemmed, evergreen shrub or small tree growing to about 6 metres tall, though in a few remote areas in the mountains of eastern Zimbabwe much larger specimens are occasionally found[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Title
The Gymnosperm Database
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http://www.conifers.org/index.htm
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An extremely valuable website, providing a vast amount of information on conifers and families of gymnosperms.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for its high quality timber.
There remain very few sizable trees south of the Zambezi River today, although large trees grew in the late nineteenth century in the Chimanimani district of Zimbabwe[
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Title
The Gymnosperm Database
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http://www.conifers.org/index.htm
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An extremely valuable website, providing a vast amount of information on conifers and families of gymnosperms.
]. However, the plant is still widespread in southern Africa and so it is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

Southern Africa - S Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Habitat

Mainly in cool and wet mountain fynbos, often in rocky outcrops and among boulders on summits, or in montane grassland often near streams, and in canyon woodland, accompanied by numerous fynbos genera or forming pure stands[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
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Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height6.00 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant mainly found in cool and wet mountain fynbos in the tropics and subtropics, growing at elevations from 100 - 2,590 metres. The climate varies from Mediterranean in the Cape region to subtropical with summer rains and tropical montane in Malawi[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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Author
 
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Established plants are very drought tolerant[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Plants are found in the wild on nutrient-poor, acidic soils that are derived mostly from granite, quarzite or sandstone[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].
Trees are highly inflammable and should not be planted close to houses in areas prone to bush fires[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Unlike other members of this genus, this species is capable of coppicing: it resprouts after fire[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].
The seed can be retained on the tree for a long time, being released when the tree is killed by fire and germinating rapidly to recolonize the area[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is light, very durable and has a natural satiny sheen[
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Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
329
Title
The Gymnosperm Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.conifers.org/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An extremely valuable website, providing a vast amount of information on conifers and families of gymnosperms.
]. It is suitable for furniture and finish carpentry, and also makes tough roofing shingles that weather to an attractive silver-grey[
329
Title
The Gymnosperm Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.conifers.org/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An extremely valuable website, providing a vast amount of information on conifers and families of gymnosperms.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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