Drooping Juniper
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Drooping Juniper
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Drooping Juniper • Nepali: भैरुंग धुपी Bhairung Dhupee
Botanical name: Juniperus recurva    Family: Cupressaceae (Cypress family)
Synonyms: Juniperus religiosa, Juniperus nepalensis, Juniperus butanensis

Drooping Juniper is a large shrub or tree reaching 6-20 m tall (rarely 25 m), with a trunk up to 2 m diameter and a broadly conical to rounded or irregular crown. The leaves are needle-like, 5-10 mm long, arranged in six ranks in alternating whorls of three. The cones are berry-like, globose to ovoid, 5-10 mm long and 4-7 mm diameter, glossy blue-black, and contain one seed; they are mature in about 18 months. The male cones are 3-4 mm long, and shed their pollen in early spring. It is largely monoecious with pollen and seed cones produced on the same plants. Drooping Juniper is a juniper native to the Himalayas, from northern Pakistan east to western Yunnan in southwestern China. It grows at 3,000-4,000 m altitude.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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