Mallee pine (Hill 1998).
Some authors regard this species as synonymous with Callitris preissii or C. verrucosa, but Hill (1998) differentiates it on the basis of female cone characters and distribution. See further discussion in the "Taxonomic notes" for Callitris preissii.
Shrubs or small trees to 8 m tall, single- or multi-stemmed. Leaves on ultimate branchlets 2-4 mm long, green-or gray green, with rounded upper surface. Pollen cones clustered, cylindrical, to 5 mm long. Seed cones solitary or clustered on stout, apically expanded branchlets; globular, 20-25 mm diameter, persistent holding seeds for several years after maturity; cones scales 6, thick, irregularly tuberculate with tubercles up to 3 mm across, united to form a thick cone base, not spreading widely after opening, alternate scales reduced, larger scales obtuse; columella thick, 2-4 mm long. Seeds numerous, dark brown, with 2-3 wings 4 mm wide (Hill 1998).
Australia: Western Australia, widespread on red desert sandhills, plains, coastal dunes and headlands (Hill 1998).
Baker, R.T. and H.G. Smith. 1910. A Research on the Pines of Australia. Sydney: W.A. Gullick (p.99). Available: Biodiversity Heritage Library, accessed 2012.11.25.
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