The Gymnosperm Database


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Conservation status

Widdringtonia whytei

Rendle 1894

Common names

Mulanje cedar (Farjon 1998).

Taxonomic notes

Syn.: Callitris whytei (Rendle) Engl. 1895 (Farjon 1998).


Distribution and Ecology

Africa: Malawi: endemic to Mt. Mulanje, a national park (World Conservation Monitoring Centre - Trees).

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"The timber has been heavily exploited in the past. Licences are available now only for the exploitation of dead trees. Mature individuals appear to be dying at a high rate, possibly because of their sensitivity to fires, which have become more frequent. Regeneration, on the other hand, depends on fire and appears to be extremely poor. Pinus patula has become invasive in areas suitable for Widdringtonia colonisation" (World Conservation Monitoring Centre - Trees).


The species account at Threatened Conifers of the World.

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

Pauw, C.A. and H.P. Linder. 1997. Tropical African cedars (Widdringtonia, Cupressaceae): systematics, ecology and conservation status. Botanical Journal of the Linnaean Society 123(4):297-319.

See also

Last Modified 2017-12-29