Shrubs or small trees to 10 m tall and 80 cm dbh. Bark red-brown and smooth when young, gray-brown and fissured when old, soon flaking; branches ascending or spreading; young branchlets ± glaucous, soon becoming green. Facial leaves 1-2 mm, to 15 mm on leading branchlets, abaxial gland near base, apex obtuse; lateral leaves as long as or shorter than facial leaves, apex incurved. Pollen cones purplish, subglobose, 2-3 mm; microsporophylls 6-10, each with 3 or 4 pollen sacs. Seed cones dark brown when ripe, ellipsoid-globose, 7-10 × 6-8 mm; basal pair of cone scales subellipsoid, middle pairs suboblong, apical pair long and narrow. Seeds ellipsoid, flattened, ca. 4 × 1.5 mm; wings 1-1.5 mm wide. Pollination May, seed maturity September (Fu et al. 1999).
It is a vulnerable species in China (Fu et al. 1999).
Nakai. 1919. Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) 33: 196.
The species account at Threatened Conifers of the World.
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