The Gymnosperm Database


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Conservation status

Juniperus recurva


Common names

Drooping juniper (Vidakovic 1991).

Taxonomic notes

Two varieties, the type (syn.: Sabina recurva; J. recurva var. typica; Sabinella recurva; J. recurva var. tenuifolia; Sabina recurva var. tenuifolia) and Juniperus recurva var. coxii (A.B. Jacks.) Melville 1959 (syn.: J. coxii; Sabina recurva var. coxii (Farjon 2005).


"A shrub or up to 10 m high tree. Crown broadly conical. Branches spreading and slightly recurved. Branchlets pendulous. Bark gray-brown, peeling off in thin strips. Foliage needle-like, in whorls of 3, 3-6 mm long, up to 1 mm wide, sharply pointed, with 2 white bands above. Male and female flowers on the same or on different trees. Fruit ovate, 8-10 mm long, dark purplish-brown, ripening in the second year. Seed solitary" (Vidakovic 1991).

Distribution and Ecology

Nepal; Sikkim; Bhutan; India: Arunachal Pradesh and Kumaun; Myanmar; China: Xizang [Tibet], Yunnan, Sichuan (Farjon 2005). Var. coxii is hardy to Zone 7 (cold hardiness limit between -17.7°C and -12.2°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001).

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See also

The species account at Threatened Conifers of the World.

Farjon (2005) provides a detailed account, with illustrations.

Last Modified 2017-12-29