Key to Tasmanian Dicots
Callitris oblonga (Cupressaceae) 1:5  

Callitris oblonga (Esk pine or South Esk pine) is a small, rare native tree found in the north-east of Tasmania (and also widely in south-eastern Australia). Although it will regenerate well after fire, frequent fires will eliminate it. As a result it is restricted to low-fire parts of this very fire-prone region.

Callitris species have woody cones and leaves in whorls. The adult leaves are in whorls of three - these leaves reduced to widely spaced scales and the intervening stems are green and photosynthetic. Juvenile leaves are needle-like and spreading and are in whorls of three or four.

The female cones of C. oblonga are about 20-25 mm long and about 15mm wide. It is less common than the other member of this genus in Tasmania, C. rhomboidea, and is similar except that the female cones are elongated and the foliage is distinctly blue.


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