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Botanical description.

— Species, C. cupressiformis, Vent., Decad. 10.

A medium tree usually 30 or 40 feet high, pyramidal in shape, with the top and longer branches usually more or less pendulous.

Branchlets. — Most like those of C. calcarata.

Male amenta. — Solitary (chiefly in Tasmanian specimens) or 3 together, small or loose. The terminal scale is pointed and operculum-like in the Victorian and Tasmanian specimens.

Fruit-cones often clustered on short branches, globular, not exceeding half-inch diameter in the typical forms; valves 6, alternately smaller, the larger one dilated into a broadly rhomboidal apex, with a short conical protuberance about the centre, and usually rugose, the alternate ones much shorter, with a broad base and slightly overlapping the others on the margin, at least when young, the unopened cone furrowed at the junctions. The central columellas (or aborted ovules) are numerous.

Mature seeds. — Two-winged, the breadth of the wings exceedingly variable. The colour of the seeds is of a warm oak-brown.

Ventenat did not say whence he obtained his specimen. Probably the Port Jackson (N.S.W.) tree may be taken as the type; the type of C. Ventenatii certainly came from Port Jackson.

Parlatore gave an inappropriate varietal name, as the top of this tree is usually pendulous. Var. pendula, "ramulis pendulis," New South Wales (Vernon?) "Weeping Frenela." — (Parlatore in DC. Prod., xvi (2), 447.)

The Victorian (Grampians) form is var. mucronata and the Tasmanian form is var. tasmanica.

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