Scientific Name:
Cryptomeria japonica (Thunb. ex L.f.) D.Don, Ann. Nat. Hist. 1: 234 (1838)
  • Cupressus japonica Thunb. ex L.f., Suppl. Pl. 421 (1782)
  • = Cryptomeria fortunei Hooibr.
  • Cryptomeria japonica var. fortunei (Hooibr.) Henry
Vernacular Name(s):
Japanese cedar; Sugi

Medium to large tree. Trunk ridged or somewhat buttressed towards base. Bark reddish brown, peeling in long strips. Crown dense. Juvenile lvs 0.8–1.8–(2.2) cm long, subulate, often red in winter. Adult lvs (from coning branches) 5–15 mm long (excluding adnate, decurrent base), subulate with broad base, directed forwards, shining green; apex acute. ♂ strobili densely clustered at apices of small shoots, 2.5–5 mm long. ♀ cones 1–1.7 cm diam. when open. Bract scale apex pungent. Ovuliferous scales with c. 6 spiny processes 2–3 mm long. Seed 4–5 mm long.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

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