Southern Cypress Pine
Mature, Oval (Cylindrical)
Ellura
Southern Cypress Pine
Old
 
    
Southern Cypress Pine (Callitris gracilis)Class: Plant (Plantae) - Trees
Order: Conifer (Pinales)
Family: Cypress (Cupressaceae)
Species: Southern Cypress Pine (Callitris gracilis)
This Photo:     Mature, Round
Synonym: Callitris preissii
Other names: Common Cypress Pine, Lachlan Pine, Light Pine, Mallee Pine, Mountain Pine, Murray Pine, Rottnest Island Pine, Scrub Cypress Pine, Slender Pine & White Pine

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
These tall trees can be 250 years old.
We feel blessed to have a small forest of them on Ellura.
Their habit varies greatly (we suspect some of this is age) from the typical cone (pyramid) shape of a conifer tree to a broader flat top affair.
Unlike pine trees, their (female) cones are individual nuts. They get some lumps/bumps on their surface, similar to Callitris verrucosa, but no where near the same extent/quantity.
They don't have typical flowers. They have strobili which are modified leaves that contain the reproductive organs. You would not feel foolish to think the leaves where dying as they go orange/brown in spring.
We got confirmation of this when a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater flew into a Callitris tree near us and a cloud of white dust was created as it clipped the branch. The white dust was pollen!
We then took a video, tapping a "buch of flowers" showing all the pollen being released.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 15-Aug-2013
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)