Cupressaceae (Cypress family)

Cupressaceae (Cypress family) – Cupressaceae is a conifer family, the cypress family, with worldwide distribution. The family includes 27–30 genera, which include the junipers and redwoods, with about 130–140 species in total. They are monoecious, subdioecious or dioecious trees and shrubs up to 116 m tall.

This is the largest conifer family in terms of genera, and the third-largest in terms of species. In this treatment, there are 25 genera. They are trees or shrubs, generally resinous and aromatic, monoecious (usually dioecious in Juniperus).

Species in the Cupressaceae are cone-bearing trees or shrubs with opposite or whorled leaves. Many species have aromatic wood.

Genera in this family vary in having pollen cones and seed cones on the same plant or on separate plants. The seed cones vary from appearing as a small cone with woody scales to appearing as a berry with leathery scales.

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