Common Names in English:
Gowen Cypress, Gowan Cypress, Mendocino Cypress, Santa Cruz Cypress, Santa Cruz Island Cypress
, monoecious or dioecious. Leaves decussate or in whorls of 3, scalelike and then often dimorphic
with flattened facial leaves and keeled
leaves, or needlelike particularly in juvenile plants
, often with an abaxial
. Pollen cones terminal
, solitary, maturing and shed annually; microsporophylls
6-16, decussate or whorled
, each bearing (2 or) 3-6(-9) pollen sacs
; pollen wingless. Seed cones usually terminal, solitary, globose
, or oblong
or indehiscent when mature
in 1st or 2nd(or 3rd) year; cone scales developing after ovules originate in bract axils; bracts almost completely enveloped by cone scales, free
only at apex; ovules 1-numerous per bract axil, erect
; cone scales of mature cones 3-16, flat or peltate, woody, leathery, or succulent, 1-20-seeded. Seeds winged
or not; wings
derived from seed coat
. Cotyledons usually 2, rarely 3-6. Germination epigeal.
Nineteen genera and ca. 125 species: worldwide; eight genera (one introduced ) and 46 species (16 endemic, 13 introduced) in China.
or large shrubs
, in decussate arrays (or partially comblike in Cupressus macnabiana ). Leaves opposite in 4 ranks
to divergent, scalelike, rhomboid
portion of long-shoot leaves to 4 mm; abaxial
present or absent. Pollen cones with 4--10 pairs of sporophylls, each sporophyll with 3--10 pollen sacs
. Seed cones maturing in 1--2 years, generally persisting closed
many years or until opened by fire, globose
, 1--4 cm; scales
, 3--6 pairs, valvate
, peltate, thick and woody. Seeds 5--20 per scale, lenticular
, narrowly 2-winged; cotyledons 2--5. x
Species 10--26: warm north temperate regions .
The genus Cupressus in North America consists mainly of small, disjunct , relictual populations, many differing from related populations in color and size of leaves and seeds, activity of leaf glands , glaucousness of various parts, form of growth, and characteristics of bark . Disagreements on the number and rank of taxa reflect these variations . This treatment, with seven taxa, approaches the more conservative end of a spectrum; anywhere from 6 to 15 taxa---species, subspecies , and varieties---might be accepted in the flora . The taxonomy of the genus would benefit from detailed studies of variation in and among populations (cf. J. F. Goggans and C. E. Posey 1968).
The Mediterranean Cupressus sempervirens Linnaeus, usually with a fastigiate habit, is commonly cultivated in California, often away from dwellings, but it does not appear to have become naturalized . Other introduced Eurasian and Mexican species are clearly associated with cultivated landscapes.
Species Cupressus goveniana
or small trees
usually to 10 m
, but to 50 m under favorable
conditions, or bearing cones at as little as 2 dm on shallow hardpan
soils; crown globose
, dense or sparse. Bark
decussate, 1--1.5 mm diam. Leaves without
or sometimes with embedded
abaxial gland that does
drop of resin, not glaucous. Pollen cones 3--4 ´
1.5--2 mm; pollen sacs
3--6. Seed cones globose, 1--2.5(--3) cm,
grayish brown, not glaucous; scales
3--5 pairs, smooth, umbo nearly
flat at maturity. Seeds 3--4(--5) mm, dark brown to jet black, sometimes
slightly glaucous. [source]
Populations from the three regions of Cupressus goveniana ---north coast, Santa Cruz Mountains, and Monterey Peninsula---differ in foliage and seed characters and have been treated as varieties or species; additional interpopulational variation occurs within these regions. Trees from Santa Cruz Mountain populations may have originated through hybidization with C. sargentii (E. Zavarin et al. 1971). The pygmy forests of this species and Pinus contorta Douglas ex Loudon on the shallow hardpan soils of coastal terraces of the Mendocino white plains are a remarkable example of phenotypic plasticity . [source]
Size: 15-20' tall.
Coastal closed-cone pine forests , especially on sterile soils; 60--800 m .
Culture: Space 12-15' apart.
Sunlight: Sun Exposure: Full Sun .
Moisture: Drought Tolerance: High
Temperature: Cold Hardiness: 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b. (map)
- Whittaker & Margulis,1978
- Haeckel, 1866
- Cavalier-Smith, 1981
- Sinnott, 1935 ex Cavalier-Smith, 1998
- Vascular Plants
- Kenrick & Crane, 1997
- Class: Spermatopsida () - Burnett
- Infraphylum: Radiatopses () - Kenrick & Crane, 1997
- Subphylum: Euphyllophytina ()
- Phylum: Tracheophyta () - Sinnott, 1935 ex Cavalier-Smith, 1998 - Vascular Plants
- Subkingdom: Viridaeplantae () - Cavalier-Smith, 1981
- Kingdom: Plantae () - Haeckel, 1866 - Plants
C. goveniana var. abramsiana (C. B. Wolf) Little • C. goveniana var. pigmaea Lemmon • C. pigmaea (Lemmon) Sargent • Cupressus abramsiana C. B. Wolf
Status: Accepted Name
Last scrutiny: 5-Jun-2008
Members of the genus Cupressus
ZipcodeZoo has pages for 53 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:
C. arizonica (Arizona Cypress) · C. arizonica arizonica var. arizonica (Arizona Cypress) · C. arizonica Greene var. glabra (Sudw.) Little (Arizona Cypress) · C. arizonica nevadensis (Piute Cypress) · C. arizonica stephensonii (Cuyamaca Cypress) · C. arizonica var. Blue Ice (Blue Arizona Cypress) · C. arizonica var. glabra 'Carolina Sapphire' (Carolina Sapphire Cypress) · C. arizonica var. montana (San Pedro Martir Cypress) · C. arizonica var. montana 'Blue Column' (San Pedro Martir Cypress) · C. arizonica var. nevadensis (Piute Cypress) · C. arizonica var. stephensonii (Cuyamaca Cypress) · C. arizonica 'Blue Pyramid' (Blue Pyramid Cypress) · C. arizonica 'Carolina Sapphire' (Carolina Sapphire Cypress) · C. bakeri (Baker's Cypress) · C. bakeri matthewsii (Siskiyou Cypress) · C. cashmeriana (Kashmir Cypress) · C. chengiana (Chengs Cypress) · C. duclouxiana (Chinese Cypress) · C. dupreziana (Saharan Cypress) · C. dupreziana var. atlantica (Atlas Cypress) · C. funebris (Chinese Weeping Cypress) · C. glabra arizonica (Arizona Smooth Cypress) · C. glabra 'Carolina Sapphire' (Arizona Cypress) · C. glabra 'Chaparral' (Arizona Cypress) · C. glabra 'Silver Smoke' (Silver Smoke Arizona Cypress) · C. goveniana (Gowen Cypress) · C. goveniana Gordon var. goveniana (Gowen Cypress) · C. goveniana pygmaea (Gowen Cypress) · C. goveniana var. abramsiana (Santa Cruz Cypress) · C. goveniana var. goveniana (Gowen Cypress) · C. goveniana var. pygmaea (Pygmy Cypress) · C. guadalupensis (Forbes Cypress) · C. guadalupensis var. forbesii (Tecate Cypress) · C. lusitanica (Cedar of Goa) · C. macnabiana (Macnab Cypress) · C. macnabiana A.Murray bis var. bakeri (Jeps.) Jeps. (Fragrant Cypress) · C. macrocarpa (Monterey Cypress) · C. macrocarpa 'Goldcrest' (Monterey Cypress) · C. macrocarpa 'Golden Pillar' (Monterey Cypress) · C. macrocarpa 'Greenstead Magnificent' (Monterey Cypress) · C. macrocarpa 'Lutea' (Monterey Cypress) · C. macrocarpa 'Saligna Aurea' (Monterey Cypress) · C. sargentii (Sargent Cypress) · C. sempervirens (Italian Cypress) · C. sempervirens f. horizontalis (Italian Cypress) · C. sempervirens f. sempervirens (Italian Cypress) · C. sempervirens var. stricta (Italian Cypress) · C. sempervirens 'Glauca' (Blue Italian Cypress) · C. sempervirens 'Green Pencil' (Italian Cypress) · C. sempervirens 'Monshel' (Tiny Tower® Italian Cypress) · C. sempervirens 'Swane's Golden' (Swane's Golden Italian Cypress) · C. sempervirens 'Totem' (Dwarf Italian Cypress) · C. torulosa (Himalayan Cypress)
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Accessed through GBIF Data Portal November 22, 2007:
- Biodiversity Heritage Library NamebankID: 2663805
- Catalogue of Life Accepted Name Code: Con-1818
- Global Biodiversity Information Facility Taxonkey: 14706108
- Globally Unique Identifier: urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:1190385-2
- GRIN Nomen Number: 312686
- Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Taxonomic Serial Number (TSN): 183462
- International Plant Names Index (IPNI) ID: 261929-1
- IUCN ID: 203519
- Natural Heritage Network Species Identifier: PGCUP04080 PGCUP04030
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Species Identifier: R005
- U.S.D.A. Plant Symbol: CUGOA CUGO
- Zipcode Zoo Species Identifier: 32393
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