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Callitris gracilis R.T.Baker
Family Cupressaceae
Callitris gracilis R.T.Baker APNI*

Description: Tree to 20 m high; branches erect to spreading; foliage green.

Leaves 2–4 mm long; dorsal surface rounded.

Female cones solitary or grouped on stout, often clustered fruiting branches, ovoid to depressed-globose, 25–30 mm diam., persistent and holding seeds for several years; cone scales smooth or sometimes warted, united below forming a thick cone base, not spreading widely after opening; columella usually thick, 3-angled. Seeds dark brown; wings c. 4 mm wide.


Distribution and occurrence: Common on the flatter country of the lower Murray R. valley; outlying populations also occur in eastern N.S.W., in skeletal soil on steep rocky slopes.
NSW subdivisions: NC, SC, ST, CWS, SWS, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden & J. Thompson
Taxon concept:

 Key to the subspecies 
1Cones usually broad-ovoid when immature, shorter than wide after maturity. Tree with erect or spreading branches on sandstone hillsides. Mature cones depressed-globose, 25–30 mm diam., warts absent or scattered, large, often to 3 mm diam.subsp. gracilis
Cones usually ovoid when immature, tending to be longer than wide after maturity. Tree to 20 m with spreading branches, foliage olive green to bluish green. Cones mostly 2.5–3 cm long, almost globose, warts absent or few; cone glaucous at the base when immaturesubsp. murrayensis

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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