Species - Cypress
They are evergreen or tall shrubs that can reach 5-40 m in height. The leaves are scaly, 2-6 mm long, arranged in pairs and last 3-5 years. In young plants up to 2 years old, the leaves are needle-shaped and 5-15 mm long. The cones are 8-40 mm long, spherical or ovoid, with 4-14 scales arranged in opposite pairs of dicots. They mature at 18-24 months after pollination. The seeds are small, 4-7mm long, and there are two narrow wings on each side of the seeds. Many species have adapted to fire, and their seeds remain in closed cones for years until the mother tree is killed by a fire. Then the seeds are placed on empty and burnt ground. In other species, the cones open to release the seeds as they ripen.
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