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Juniperus thurifera


Juniperus thurifera
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-25
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Plants of Morocco [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-10-06 21:42
Viewed: 4448
Points: 12
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Juniperus thurifera (Spanish Juniper) is a species of juniper native to the mountains of the western Mediterranean region, from southern France (including Corsica) across eastern and central Spain to Morocco and locally in northern Algeria.
It large shrub or tree reaching 6-20 m tall, with a trunk up to 2 m diameter and a broadly conical to rounded or irregular crown. The foliage is strongly aromatic, with a spicy-resinous scent. The leaves are of two forms, juvenile needle-like leaves 8-10 mm long on seedlings and irregularly on adult plants, and adult scale-leaves 0.6-3 mm long on older plants; they are arranged in decussate opposite pairs. It is dioecious with separate male and female plants. The cones are berry-like, 7-12 mm in diameter, blue-black with a whitish waxy bloom, and contain 1-4 seeds; they are mature in about 18 months. The male cones are 3-4 mm long, and shed their pollen in early spring.
There are two varieties, regarded as distinct by some authors, but not by others:
▪ Juniperus thurifera var. thurifera. Spain, France. Mature cones 8-12 mm, with 2-4 seeds.
▪ Juniperus thurifera var. africana Maire. Morocco, Algeria. Mature cones 7-8 mm, with 1-2 seeds.
Overall, the species is not considered threatened with healthy population in Spain; however, the African population is threatened by severe overgrazing, mainly by goats, and is listed as Endangered. Source

This photo is taken in Aït Aissa, Toubkal Mountains, at 1.800 m , High Atlas, Morocco,

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-06 23:07]

Bonjour Ferran,
Belle image de genévrier. Belle netteté et jolie composition.
Amitiés
Serge

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-07 1:39]

Hello Ferran,
Very beautiful photo in splendid colours, also in the blurred background. Excellent sharpness and a very good choice of composition.
Regards,
Peter

Hi Ferran again,
thanks for this photo from mountains. Interesting plant. Nice point of view.
Have a nice weekend,
Maciek

Good to see a species of Juniper from the Western mediterranean. excellent detailed photo against a good background. regards yiannis

Interesting Juniperus.
Regards,
Christodoulos

Bonjour Ferran,
Très belle macro valorisant bien les sujets dans une belle lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

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