Genus Widdringtonia

Widdringtonia is a genus of coniferous trees in the Cupressaceae .

Species in the genus Widdringtonia of plants

 
 

Clanwilliam Cypress - It is a small evergreen tree growing to 57 m tall. The leaves are scale-like, 1.5 mm long and 1 mm broad on small shoots, up to 15 mm long on strong-growing shoots, and arranged in opposite decussate pairs. The cones are globose to rectangular, 23 cm long, with four scales.

Widdringtonia nodiflora - It is an evergreen multistemmed shrub or small to rarely medium-sized tree growing to 5-7 m tall. The leaves are scale-like, 1.5-2 mm long and 1-1.5 mm broad on small shoots, up to 10 mm long on strong-growing shoots, and arranged in opposite decussate pairs. The cones are globose, 1-2 cm long, with four scales. Each tree produces both male and female cones. It is unique in the genus in its ability to coppice, readily re-sprouting from burnt or cut stumps; this enables it to survive wildfires, and is considered a major factor in allowing its abundance relative to the other species in the genus. Its wood is highly non-flammable - another adaptation for its fire-prone environment.

 
 

Willowmore Cypress - It is a medium-sized evergreen tree growing to 20-25 m tall. The leaves are scale-like, 1.5 mm long and 1 mm broad on small shoots, up to 10 mm long on strong-growing shoots, and arranged in opposite decussate pairs. The cones are globose to rectangular, 2-3 cm long, with four scales. It is closely related to Widdringtonia cedarbergensis from Western Cape Province, being most easily distinguished by its larger seeds with a short seedwing.

Mlanje cypress - It is a large evergreen tree growing to 40-50 m tall. The leaves are scale-like, 1.5-3.5 mm long and 1-1.5 mm broad on small shoots, up to 10 mm long on strong-growing shoots, and arranged in opposite decussate pairs. The cones are globose, 1.5-2.2 cm long, with four scales.