Chamaecyparis thyoides (L.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb. - Atlantic White Cedar


 

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Chamaecyparis thyoides - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Cupressaceae

Habitat

Swamps and bogs.

Associates

 

Distribution

Primarily on the coastal plain from southern ME and central NH to FL and MS.

Morphology

Slender, monoecious, evergreen tree to 25 m; branchlets numerous from the axils of the lateral leaves, forming more or less flattened sprays; ultimate branchlets about 1 mm wide; leaves bluish-green, imbricate, scale-like, appressed, ovate, 2-4 mm, pointed, usually glandular, persisting and enlarging on the older branches; cones woody (fleshy when young), 6-8 mm, the scales mostly 6, pointed in the center; seeds winged.

Notes

Cones produced March to April and maturing in the first year

Wetland indicator: OBL

Atlantic white cedar swamps are acidic peatlands dominated by the species but also may contain red maple, black gum, and a great diversity of other understory species. These swamps are often bordered by a thicket of greenbriers (Smilax spp.) making them sometimes difficult to get into.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 


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