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Hesperocyparis pigmaea

Hesperocyparis pigmaea (Lemmon) Bartel

Pygmy Cypress

Cupressaceae (Cypress family)

Synonym(s): Callitropsis pigmaea, Cupressus goveniana ssp. pygmaea, Cupressus goveniana var. pigmaea, Cupressus pygmaea, Hesperocyparis goveniana var. pygmaea, Neocupressus goveniana var. pigmaea

USDA Symbol: HEPI11

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Cone
Size Notes: Usually up to about 30 feet. May reach up to about 150 feet on rich soil in favorable conditions.
Fruit: Though technically incorrect, the seed cones are often referred to as berries.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous. Seed cones maturing grayish-brown.


Native Habitat: Closed-cone-pine/cypress forests, mixed-evergreen forests, coastal terraces.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley

Additional resources

USDA: Find Hesperocyparis pigmaea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hesperocyparis pigmaea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hesperocyparis pigmaea


Record Modified: 2020-10-30
Research By: CBR

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