Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Cryptomeria D.Don, Ann. Nat. Hist. 1: 233–234 (1838)

Medium-sized to large evergreen tree (smaller in many cvs);  branches irregularly whorled;  bark moderately thick, fibrous, rather hard.  Winter buds minute, hidden by immature lvs.  Lvs monomorphic, subulate (juvenile lvs) or linear-subulate, laterally compressed and 4-angled, incurved and usually falcate, with stomata on all 4 sides;  base adnate and decurrent on shoot.  ♂ strobili (cones) axillary from just behind terminal bud, oblong, the many stamens imbricate.  ♀ cones terminal, solitary, subglobose, ripening in first year, but persistent after dehiscence.  Scales 20–30, woody, enlarged distally;  terminal part of bract scale free, broad-triangular;  ovuliferous scales with several prominent, spiny processes on upper margin.  Seeds 2–5 to each scale, narrowly winged, irregularly shaped, somewhat flattened.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Cryptomeria D.Don
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
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Farjon, A 2001: World Checklist and Bibliography of Conifers. Edition 2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.