The Gymnosperm Database


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Conservation status

Juniperus communis var. megistocarpa

Fernald et H. St. John 1921

Common names

Taxonomic notes


"Shrubs prostrate. Leaves upturned, lanceolate, apex acute and mucronate, to 12 ´ 1.6 mm, glaucous stomatal band about 1.5 times width of each green marginal band. Seed cones 9-13 mm, longer than leaves" (Adams 1993).

Distribution and Ecology

Canada: Québec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland at 0-500 m elevation on sand dunes, serpentine, and limestone barrens. "In Nova Scotia this variety is known from Sable Island. Magdalen Island, Quebec, is the type locality" (Adams 1993).

Big tree







Adams, Robert P. 1993. Juniperus. Flora of North America Editorial Committee (eds.): Flora of North America North of Mexico, Vol. 2. Oxford University Press. This document is available online. Go to, click on "Flora of North America," and search for "Juniperus."

See also

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

Last Modified 2017-12-29