Habitat and Ecology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Widdringtonia schwarzii
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Widdringtonia schwarzii
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 1997Endangered(Walter and Gillett 1998)
Widdringtonia schwarzii (Willowmore Cypress or Willowmore Cedar, Afrikaans: Baviaanskloof-seder) 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. The Willowmore Cedar is a protected tree in South Africa.
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 cedarbergensis from Western Cape Province, being most easily distinguished by its larger seeds with a short seedwing.
It was formerly often called "Willowmore Cedar" but has been renamed Willowmore Cypress to better reflect its botanical relationships.
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- Hilton-Taylor, C. et al. 1998. Widdringtonia schwarzii. Downloaded on 10 July 2007.
- University of the Witwatersrand: Recommended English names for trees of Southern Africa
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