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Distribution of Actinostrobus acuminatus (Hill 1998). You can also create a highly detailed map, and access specimen data, using the "search" function at the Australia Virtual Herbarium.


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Conservation status

Actinostrobus acuminatus

Parlatore 1862

Common names

Moore cypress-pine (Silba 1986).

Taxonomic notes

Syn: Callitris acuminata (Parl.) F. Mueller 1882. Type: Between Moore and Murchison Rivers, Western Australia, 1863, J.Drurnmond 6, 225; holo: Fl. (Hill 1998).


A prostate plant or a small broadly conical shrub to 3 m. tall. Plant spreads by underground stolons. Branchlets finely divided, twisted into long branchlets. Juvenile leaves light silvery-green, 8-15 mm. long, needle-like, persistent. Adult leaves scalelike, in whorls of 3, up to 10 mm. long, dark green. Male cones ovoid, on a peduncle 4 mm. long, 4-6 mm long, 2-3 mm diameter, with 20 acuminate scales with a dorsal crest. Female cones yellowish-brown to glaucous-brown, ovoid-conical, distinctly longer than broad, acute, 20-35 mm long, 15-25 mm diameter, often subtended at the base by juvenile leaves to 1 cm. long; the 6 scales acute, erect, spreading when open, distinctly hooked at tip. Seeds variable, dark brown, 9-12 mm. long, 9-13 mm. wide, wing 2-5 mm. wide, hilium 3-5 mm. long and white. Cotyledons 2, light green, 15-18 mm. long by 3-3.5 mm. wide, apex bluntly acute, stem to 2 mm. thick (Silba 1986, Hill 1998).

Distribution and Ecology

Western Australia: "Endemic from Eneabba south to the Perth district, south-western WA.; locally frequent in low shrubland on sandplain." Cited collections (presumably wild plants) include 0.8 km S of Coorow-Green Head road on Brand Highway, and 1 mile along McNamara Road (Hill 1998).

Zone 10 (cold hardiness limit between -1°C and +4.4°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001).

Big tree




Reported as having a medicinal use for rheumatism (Silba 1986).




Parlatore, F. 1862. Index seminum in horto botanico regii musei florentini: 1862. Florence (p. 25).

See also

Blackall, W.E. and B.J. Grieve. 1954. How to Know W. Austral. Wildflowers. 1: 6 (Illustrations).

Farjon (2005) provides a detailed account, with illustrations.

Krussmann, G. 1985. Manual of Cultivated Conifers 2nd edition, 47, fig. 15 (Illustration).

Piggin, J., and J.J. Bruhl. 2010. Phylogeny reconstruction of Callitris Vent. (Cupressaceae) and its allies leads to inclusion of Actinostrobus within Callitris. Australian Systematic Botany 23:69-93. Provides a good discussion of the type specimen and a photo of the isolectotype.

Last Modified 2012-11-23