Cyprus cedar

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Cyprus cedar
Cedrus libani brevifolia1.jpg
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Cedrus brevifolia

The Cyprus cedar (Cedrus brevifolia) is a large coniferous member of the cedrus genus and is native to Cyprus where it grows in the Troödos Mountains.[1] It is thought by some experts to be either a variety or a subspecies of the Cedar of Lebanon.[2]

It grows to 25m in height and up to 12m in width. When young it has a conical shape but as it matures it becomes broader with a flattened top. It has bark that is silvery-grey, becoming thickened, with deep cracks as the tree ages. The needle-shaped leaves are grey-green to mid-green, but sometimes bluish-green and they are attached singly to long shoots and in dense cluster of 20-30 on short shoots. The cones are cylindrical, 7–10 cm long and green when young but maturing to a pale brown when they shed their scales and winged seeds.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. [1] World Wild Life
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Royal Horticultural Society encyclopedia of garden plants, Christopher Brickell (ed) Dorling Kindersley, London, 1996. ISBN 0751304360. p241
Middle-aged Cyprus cedars in Cyprus