Juniperus ashei Buchh.

  • Family: Cupressaceae
  • Common names: rock cedar, Ashe's juniper
  • Synonyms Juniperus sabinoides, J. occidentalis var. conjungens, J. occidentalis var. texana

    Description: Small tree. The species is similar to J. virginiana except the leaves are minutely denticulate (visible with a lens) and the trunk is usually branched into several stems near the base.

    Distribution: The species is native to the Edwards Plateau, the Arbuckles, and the Ozarks.
    Habitat: Oak-cedar savannas and prairie margins, usually on thin soil derived from limestone.
    NWI status: none
    Comment: Juniperus is the ancient classical name for the old-world junipers; ashei honors the American botanist W. W. Ashe.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/14/99
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