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'Leaves' are scales joined to the stems and branches.
The scales alternate and have 'toothed' tops.

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APS Armidale Fact Sheet - Callitris oblonga subsp. parva

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Warren Sheather

Callitris oblonga subsp. parva is a handsome large shrub or small, rounded tree. This species is commonly known as Pygmy Pine.

Callitris Oblonga

Callitris oblonga is a tall shrub or small tree that will reach a height of five metres. The branches are dense and the foliage dark green to grey-green.

foliage

Callitris oblonga has small green 'leaves' (scales more correctly) along the branches and often appear slightly glaucous (blue-grey).

fruit

Female cones are clustered together on the smooth barked stems and branches, longer than broad and up to 24 millimetres in diameter. The egg-shaped cones protect a number of seeds that are sticky with resin.

The Pygmy Cypress Pine has a fractured distribution. The species is found in Tasmania as well as southern and northern New South Wales. It is considered to be an endangered native plant.
The three populations are classified as sub-species of Callitris oblonga. The northern Pygmy Pine is Callitris oblonga subsp. parva. This subspecies grows in widely scattered areas of the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. Two populations grow along the Waterfall Way, east of Armidale. One population has been fenced to protect the plants from grazing animals. A number of plants have regenerated outside the fence (see image) and this population is now surviving and thriving.
The other population, further east, consisted of a few individuals growing in a roadside gully. A few years ago there was a proliferation of Pygmy Cypress Pine seedlings after roadworks disturbed the road verges. These seedlings are now maturing and this has become another healthy population. Callitris oblonga is also found in Cathedral Rock National Park, Warra National Park and near Backwater, east of Guyra.


Callitris oblonga could be cultivated as a 'stand alone' specimen or incorporated in an informal hedge. The species is also small enough to be grown under power lines as a street tree. Propagate from seed.