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Cupressus atlantica

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Cupressus atlantica
  • Cupressus atlantica
  • Cupressus atlantica

Cupressus atlantica, the Moroccan cypress, is a rare coniferous tree endemic to the valley of the Oued n'Fiss river in the High Atlas Mountains south of Marrakech in western Morocco. The majority are old, with very little regeneration due to overgrazing by goats, and the trees is critically endangered.

This species is distinct from Cupressus sempervirens (Mediterranean cypress) in its much bluer foliage with a white resin spot on each leaf, the smaller shoots often being flattened in a single plane. It also has smaller, globose cones, only 1.5-2.5cm long. Cupressus dupreziana (Saharan cypress) is more similar, and Cupressus atlantica is treated as a variety of it (C. dupreziana var. atlantica) by some authors. An ornamental tree which is very cold and drought tolerant forming a medium-sized tree to 35m high and 4m in diameter, with a conical form and straight trunk.