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Monserrate Pena Sintra Portugal
Conifers are tough....need close-ups of leaves and ,as you say, cones male and female. Are these conifers grouped by origin, or best local microclimate?
I think I have more books on conifers than any other single group. But I can't say I'm any the wiser. Will scan a spray of foliage from this tree. Unfortunately it is very tall and I have never seen cones.Gerald
Sorry missed your comment about tree location. Monserrate in principle is planted in geographic zones. But it is very loose. Two hundred years is a long time to maintain a system. This Conifer is in "Mexico" - that's why I was always content with the Taxodium ID.
Dacrydium cupressinum from New Zealand....what do you think, Gerald?
Thank you so much. I could kick myself, this is a tree for which I have a sort of blind spot! There is a big old tree at the Pena (another of Sintra's historic gardens) but somehow it refuses to stick in my memory. I guess it will now. Looking at New Zealand Plant Conservation Network Website I can see now why I have never spotted cones. Also your suggestion has led me to rediscover a very useful book lost on my bookshelves Yvonne Cave's New Zealand Native Plants. It also has good photos of Alectryon excelsus - but I'm not sure I should have recognised it without your help.Thanks again. This weekend I have to finish translating a Portuguese book on palms into English - publisher is getting impatient. But I will try to dig out one or two more antipodeans as a break.Gerald
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