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Fokienia hodginsii

Fokienia hodginsii - Fujian cypress description


Scientific name: Fokienia hodginsii  (S.Dunn) A.Henry & H.H.Thomas  1911

Synonyms: Chamaecyparis hodginsii (Dunn) Rushforth, Cupressus hodginsii Dunn, Fokienia kawaii Hayata, Fokienia maclurei Merr.

Common names: Fujian cypress, Fujian cedar (English), Fujian bai (Chinese), Po mu (Vietnamese)



Tree to 30 m tall, with trunk to 1 m in diameter. Bark purplish brown, weathering grayish brown, sparsely scaly above, shallowly furrowed lower down. Crown conical at first, cylindrical with age. Branchlet sprays soft but stiff, of varied orientation, with prominent waxy white stomatal patches occupying most of the lower surface. Scale leaves bluish green above and on the nonstomatal regions beneath. Lateral leaves of juveniles with spreading tips, 5-10 mm long, longer than the facial ones, at 4-7 mm. Facial and lateral leaves of adults about equal, 2-7 mm long, without glands. Leaf tips turned inward, those of facial leaves overlapping the base of the next pair. Pollen cones 4-5 mm long, yellow. Seed cones 1.5-2.5 cm long, 1.2-2.2 cm across. Seed body 4-5 mm long, 3-4 wide.

China south of the Changjiang (Yangtze River) and adjacent northern Laos and Vietnam, reappearing in southern Vietnam south to Lam Dong province. Subtropical montane forests with other conifers and broad-leaved evergreens; 300-1,800(-2,300) m.


Conservation Status

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable




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