Shrubs or small trees to 5 m tall; bark smooth or rough, fibrous; crown globose to columnar, dense or sparse; branchlets not arranged in a plane, ultimate ones 4-angled, ca. 1 mm in diam. Leaves green, not glaucous, without a conspicuous abaxial gland, apex acute. Pollen cones 3-4 × 1.5-2 mm; microsporophylls each with 3-6 pollen sacs. Seed cones grayish brown, not glaucous, globose, 1-2.5(-3) × 1-1.5 cm; cone scales 6-10, each fertile scale with numerous seeds. Seeds 3-4(-5) mm.
Shrubs or small trees usually to 10 m, but to 50 m under favorable conditions, or bearing cones at as little as 2 dm on shallow hardpan soils; crown globose to columnar, dense or sparse. Bark smooth or rough, fibrous. Branchlets decussate, 1--1.5 mm diam. Leaves without abaxial gland or sometimes with embedded abaxial gland that does not produce drop of resin, not glaucous. Pollen cones 3--4 ´ 1.5--2 mm; pollen sacs 3--6. Seed cones globose, 1--2.5(--3) cm, grayish brown, not glaucous; scales 3--5 pairs, smooth, umbo nearly flat at maturity. Seeds 3--4(--5) mm, dark brown to jet black, sometimes slightly glaucous.
|Gowen cypress, Mendocino cypress, Santa Cruz cypress|