IUCN threat status:

Critically Endangered (CR)

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Biology

Clanwilliam cedars are extremely long-lived; ring counts have shown some specimens to be over 1,000 years old (5), and it takes around 30 years before an individual will bear a significant crop of seeds 4). In the rocky mountainous area where they are found there is very little rainfall and these cedars must put down extremely long roots to be able to reach the deep groundwater sources (5). These trees have a complex relationship with wild fires which periodically sweep through the region; severe fires are extremely damaging, killing many mature trees, but fires are needed in order to remove vegetation and litter (which otherwise inhibits young seedling growth) and to encourage seed germination (4).

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