Cupressus gigantea

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Cupressus gigantea
King Cypress Tree.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Cupressaceae
Genus: Cupressus
C. gigantea
Binomial name
Cupressus gigantea

Cupressus gigantea, the Tibetan cypress, is a species of conifer in the Cupressaceae family in Asia.


It is endemic and found only in Southeast Tibet - China. Populations are concentrated along the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Cupressus gigantea is the biggest of all Cupressus species.

King cypress[edit]

The biggest known specimen is the famous King Cypress, about 50 meters high, 5.8 meters in diameter, 0.165-acre (670 m2) of crown-projection-area; and calculated age of 2,600 years.


  1. ^ Conifer Specialist Group 1998. Cupressus gigantea. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 10 July 2007.