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|Juniperus thurifera (Spanish Juniper) is a species of juniper native to the mountains of the western Mediterranean region, from southern France (including Corsica) across eastern and central Spain to Morocco and locally in northern Algeria.|
It large shrub or tree reaching 6-20 m tall, with a trunk up to 2 m diameter and a broadly conical to rounded or irregular crown. The foliage is strongly aromatic, with a spicy-resinous scent. The leaves are of two forms, juvenile needle-like leaves 8-10 mm long on seedlings and irregularly on adult plants, and adult scale-leaves 0.6-3 mm long on older plants; they are arranged in decussate opposite pairs. It is dioecious with separate male and female plants. The cones are berry-like, 7-12 mm in diameter, blue-black with a whitish waxy bloom, and contain 1-4 seeds; they are mature in about 18 months. The male cones are 3-4 mm long, and shed their pollen in early spring.
There are two varieties, regarded as distinct by some authors, but not by others:
▪ Juniperus thurifera var. thurifera. Spain, France. Mature cones 8-12 mm, with 2-4 seeds.
▪ Juniperus thurifera var. africana Maire. Morocco, Algeria. Mature cones 7-8 mm, with 1-2 seeds.
Overall, the species is not considered threatened with healthy population in Spain; however, the African population is threatened by severe overgrazing, mainly by goats, and is listed as Endangered. Source
This photo is taken in Aït Aissa, Toubkal Mountains, at 1.800 m , High Atlas, Morocco,
Juniperus in my Personal web
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- [2011-10-06 23:07]
Belle image de genévrier. Belle netteté et jolie composition.
- [2011-10-07 1:39]
Very beautiful photo in splendid colours, also in the blurred background. Excellent sharpness and a very good choice of composition.
Hi Ferran again,
thanks for this photo from mountains. Interesting plant. Nice point of view.
Have a nice weekend,
Good to see a species of Juniper from the Western mediterranean. excellent detailed photo against a good background. regards yiannis
Très belle macro valorisant bien les sujets dans une belle lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.