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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Tracheophyta
Divisio: Pinophyta
Classis: Pinopsida
Ordo: Pinales

Familia: Cupressaceae
Subfamilia: Cupressoideae
Genera: CallitropsisCalocedrusChamaecyparisCupressusFokieniaJuniperusHesperocyparisMicrobiotaPlatycladusTetraclinisThujaThujopsisXanthocyparis

Paleogenera: †Fokieniopsis


Cupressoideae Sweet, Hort. Brit. [Sweet] 372. (1826)

Type genus: Cupressus L., Sp. Pl. 2: 1002. (1753)
Note: Sweet did not provide a description/diagnosis. His reference to Richard, L.C.M., Comm. Bot. Conif. Cycad.: 137 (1826), as sect. Cupressinae, provides a description for the valid publication of Cupressoideae.
Note: The evidence presented by Mao et al. (2019) strongly support segregating Cupressus s.s., Hesperocyparis s.s., Xanthocyparis s.s. and also Callitropsis s.s from Cupressus s.l. However, one of our editors rejects this evidence and in order to prevent edit conflicts the list of genera suggests Mao et al. (2019), but redirects point to Cupressus s.l.

Primary references

Sweet, R. 1826. Sweet’s Hortus Britannicus: or a catalogue of plants cultivated in the gardens of Great Britain, arranged in natural orders. 492 pp. in 2 parts, London: J. Ridgway. Part I (pp. 1–240) Part II (pp. 241–492) Reference page.

Additional references

Adams, R.P. 2018. Evolution of dioecious/monecious taxa in Juniperus, contrasted with Cupressus, Hesperocyparis, Callitropsis and Xanthocyparis (Cupressaceae). Phytologia 100(4): 248–255. Open access PDF Reference page.
Averyanov, L.V., Nguyên, T.H., Nguyen, K.S., Pham, V.T., Lamxay, V., Bounphanmy, S., Lorphengsy, S., Lôc, P.K., Lanorsavanh, S. & Chantthavongsa, K. 2014. Gymnosperms of Laos. Nordic Journal of Botany 32(6): 765–805. DOI: 10.1111/njb.00498 ResearchGate Reference page.
Gadek, P.A., Alpers, D.L., Heslewood, M.M. & Quinn, C.J. 2000. Relationships within Cupressaceae sensu lato: a combined morphological and molecular approach. American Journal of Botany 87(7): 1044–1057. DOI: 10.2307/2657004 Open access Reference page.
Mao, K., Hao, G., Liu, J.Q., Adams, R.P. & Milne, R.I. 2010. Diversification and biogeography of Juniperus (Cupressaceae): variable diversification rates and multiple intercontinental dispersals. New Phytologist 188(1): 254–272. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03351.x PDF. Reference page.
Mao, K., Ruhsam, M., Ma, Y., Graham, S.W., Liu, J.Q., Thomas, P., Milne, R.I. & Hollingsworth, P.M. 2019. A transcriptome-based resolution for a key taxonomic controversy in Cupressaceae. Annals of Botany 123(1): 153–167. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcy152 Open access Reference page.
Terry, R.G. & Adams, R.P. 2015. A molecular re-examination of phylogenetic relationships among Juniperus, Cupressus, and the Hesperocyparis–Callitropsis–Xanthocyparis clades of Cupressaceae. Phytologia 97(1): 66–74. PDF BHL Reference page.
Xiang, Q.P. & Li, J.H. 2005. Derivation of Xanthocyparis and Juniperus from within Cupressus: Evidence from Sequences of nrDNA Internal Transcribed Spacer Region. Harvard Papers in Botany 9(2): 375–382. JSTOR Reference page.
Zhu, A., Fan, W., Adams, R.P. & Mower, J.P. 2018. Phylogenomic evidence for ancient recombination between plastid genomes of the Cupressus-Juniperus-Xanthocyparis complex (Cupressaceae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 18(137): 1–10. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-018-1258-2 Open access Reference page.


International Plant Names Index. 2017. subfam. Cupressoideae. Published online. Accessed: Feb. 23 2017.

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