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Pygmy Cypress (Hesperocyparis pygmaea)

  • Global Rank: T1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Cupressaceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 139420
  • Lifeform: Tree, Shrub
  • Categories of Interest: Conifers
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 01/17/2019

Where is Pygmy Cypress (Hesperocyparis pygmaea) located in the wild?

States & Provinces:

Pygmy Cypress can be found in California

Which CPC Partners conserve Pygmy Cypress (Hesperocyparis pygmaea)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

  • 09/01/2020
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Based on an September 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden holds 5 accessions of Hesperocyparis pygmaea in orthodox seed collection. There are as many as 25925 seeds of this species in their collection - although some may have been used for curation testing or sent to back up.

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Taxon Hesperocyparis pygmaea
Authority (Lemmon) Bartel
Family Cupressaceae
CPC Number 12123
Duration Perennial
Common Names Pygmy Cypress
Associated Scientific Names Cupressus pygmaea | Callitropsis pigmaea | Hesperocyparis pigmaea | Hesperocyparis pygmaea
State Rank
State State Rank
California S1
Ecological Relationships


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