Widdringtonia schwarzii

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Widdringtonia schwarzii
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Cupressaceae
Genus: Widdringtonia
W. schwarzii
Binomial name
Widdringtonia schwarzii
(Marloth) Mast.
  • Callitris schwarzii Marloth

Widdringtonia schwarzii (Willowmore cedar or Willowmore cypress, Afrikaans: Baviaanskloof-seder)[3][4] is a species of Widdringtonia native to South Africa, where it is endemic to the Baviaanskloof and Kouga Mountains west of Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape Province; it occurs on dry rocky slopes and crags at 600-1,200 m altitude. It is threatened by habitat loss, particularly by wildfire.[5][6] The Willowmore cypress is a protected tree in South Africa.[3]

It is a medium-sized evergreen tree growing to 20–25 m (formerly known to 40 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 wallichii from Western Cape Province, being most easily distinguished by its larger seeds with a short seedwing.[5]


  1. ^ Farjon, A. (2013). "Widdringtonia schwarzii". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013: e.T34147A2847889. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T34147A2847889.en. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  2. ^ The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species, retrieved 6 January 2017
  3. ^ a b "Protected Trees" (PDF). Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Republic of South Africa. 3 May 2013.
  4. ^ University of the Witwatersrand: Recommended English names for trees of Southern Africa
  5. ^ a b Farjon, A. (2005). Monograph of Cupressaceae and Sciadopitys. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ISBN 1-84246-068-4
  6. ^ Hilton-Taylor, C. et al. 1998. Widdringtonia schwarzii. Downloaded on 10 July 2007.