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Useful Temperate Plants

Calocedrus formosana

(Florin) Florin

Cupressaceae


This taxon was treated as a variety of Calocedrus macrolepis in the Flora of China(266); in the Flora of Taiwan (Li et al.1975) Calocedrus formosana is recognized as a species. The morphological differences are small but constant and Calocedrus formosana only occurs in Taiwan[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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+ Synonyms

Calocedrus macrolepis formosana (Florin) W.C.Cheng & L.K.Fu

Heyderia formosana (Florin) H.L.Li

Libocedrus formosana Florin

Libocedrus macrolepis formosana (Florin) Kudô

Common Name:

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General Information

Calocedrus formosana is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 23 metres tall. The bole is often crooked, it can be up to 300cm in diameter[
329
Title
The Gymnosperm Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.conifers.org/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A vast amount of information on conifers and families of gymnosperms.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is mainly used locally. The tree is sometimes grown as an ornamental.
The species is experiencing a continuing decline in its area of occupancy and quality of habitat due to illegal logging, transformation of old growth forest to managed production forest, and expansion of agriculture, especially livestock grazing. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - northern and central Taiwan

Habitat

Mixed conifer-broad-leaved climax forest, often as an emergent, growing in deep, rich forest soil over shalestone or schist; also in secondary forest and on cliffs and rocky ridges; at elevations from 300 - 2,000 metres[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusEndangered
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height15.00 m
Growth RateMedium
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Calocedrus formosa is found at low to moderate elevations in the subtropical zone of Taiwan. It prefers a humid climate. It has a cold hardiness limit between -6.6°c and -1.1°c[
329
Title
The Gymnosperm Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.conifers.org/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A vast amount of information on conifers and families of gymnosperms.
]. The tree can tolerate frosts, but needs hot summers in order to do so. It is likely to succeed in warm temperate areas with continental climates and mild winters such as southeastern USA[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Young plants are shade tolerant, requiring more light as they grow older. Prefers a humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The valuable wood of this tree is in demand for construction purposes, mainly at a local or regional level[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse[
245
Title
Scented Flora of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Genders. R.
Publisher
Robert Hale. London.
Year
1994
ISBN
0-7090-5440-8
Description
An excellent, comprehensive book on scented plants giving a few other plant uses and brief cultivation details. There are no illustrations.
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts and consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors.
Cuttings of the current season's growth, taken in mid autumn, in a light sandy soil in a cold frame[
245
Title
Scented Flora of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Genders. R.
Publisher
Robert Hale. London.
Year
1994
ISBN
0-7090-5440-8
Description
An excellent, comprehensive book on scented plants giving a few other plant uses and brief cultivation details. There are no illustrations.
].
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2018-10-20. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Calocedrus+formosana>

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