Strawberry pine (Eckenwalder 2009).
This is the only species in Microcachrys Hooker fil. 1845.
"A low, straggling, evergreen bush with long, slender, whip-like, 4- angled branchlets. Leaves arranged in 4 regular ranks, scale-like, about [1.5 mm] long, uniform in size, with finely ciliate margins, remaining for many years on the main shoot. Male and female strobili terminal on separate shoots of the same plant; the former oblong or egg-shaped, about [3 mm] long with 20 or more stamens. Female strobili egg-shaped or rounded, [6-8 mm] long, fleshy and bright red when ripe; fertile scales round, each with an inverted seed surrounded by a scarlet aril" (Dallimore et al. 1967).
W Tasmania, on the summit of the Western Range and Mount Lapeyrouse (Dallimore et al. 1967, Silba 1986). Based on data from 23 collection localities, it grows at elevations of 760 ±300 m. Within its range, mean annual temperature is 8°C, with an average minimum in the coldest month of 0°C, and a mean annual precipitation of 1600 mm (Biffin et al. 2011, Table S5). Hardy to Zone 8 (cold hardiness limit between -12.1°C and -6.7°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001).
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The genus name is from the Greek MIKROS, small, and CACHRUS, catkin, describing the pollen cones (Dallimore et al. 1967). The epithet refers to the 4-angled branchlets.
Last Modified 2013-03-29