Common name: Mallee Pine
Callitris verrucosa (A.Cunn. ex Endl.) F.Muell. APNI*
Synonyms: Callitris preisii subsp. verrucosa (A.Cunn. ex Endl.) J.Garden APNI*
Description: Small tree or shrub to 8 m high, usually multi-stemmed; branches erect; foliage green or grey-green.
Leaves 2–4 mm long, green or grey-green; dorsal surface rounded.
Female cones solitary or grouped on stout, often clustered fruiting branches, ovoid to depressed-globose, 20–25 mm diam., persistent and holding seeds for years; cone scales usually finely regularly warted, united below and forming a thick cone base, not spreading widely after opening, columella usually thick, 2–4 mm high.
Seeds dark brown, wings c. 4 mm wide.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in small clumps or isolated trees, chiefly in the western districts.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
Hybrids and hybrid swarms between this species and C. glaucophylla are frequent from S Qld south to the Condobolin district. The hybrid occurrences in N.S.W. north of Narrabri are 'phantom' swarms, as no pure C. verrucosa now occurs in this area.
Text by G. J. Harden & J. Thompson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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