Cupressus funebris. MOURNING CYPRESS. China

Cupressaceae (Cypress family)

This cypress has its leaves arranged in flattened hands that droop noticeably. The cones are very small, half an inch or so in diameter. There is a double-trunked one on the west side of Palm Drive, about 40 yards from the intersection with Arboretum Road, street side on the chain and bollard barrier and very close to the footpath, as you walk south. On the east side of the Arizona Cactus Garden there is a row of old specimens that were planted soon after seeds were brought back to Europe from China; the Dudley Herbarium, a Stanford collection relocated to the California Academy of Sciences in the 1960s, contains vouchers deposited in 1896. For the history of the herbarium, which was previously upstairs in the south wing of the Stanford Museum, and the generations of indefatigable plant collectors associated with it, see an article by Sara Timby in the Fall 1998 issue of the Historical Society's Sandstone & Tile.

Illustration: McMinn, Howard E. and Evelyn Maino. 1951. An illustrated manual of Pacific coast trees; with lists of trees recommended for various uses on the Pacific coast by H. W. Shepherd. 2d ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.

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Additions/Revisions: There is another individual on Campus Drive near the Cantor Center located on the Cantor Center tree map (PDF). UTM 10S 0573448 4143169

Name derivation, genus | species classical Latin name for C. sempervirens | funereal

Related material: Taxonomy and Plant Culture Notes | Cupressus L., Gymnosperm Database | Flora of China (volume 4, inc. Cupressaceae)

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