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Platycladus orientalis   (Thuya)


Platycladus orientalis  (CUPRESSACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2007 (taxon update: Sep-2022)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Platycladus orientalis - datasheet created on Oct-2007. Retrieved from MaltaWildPlants.com on 20-May-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Platycladus orientalis(L.) Franco
Published in Portugaliae Acta Biol., Sér. B, Sist. , Julio Henriques: 33 (1949)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Thuja orientalis L.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] [Worldplants.de]

Plant Family :

Cupressaceae Barlett (The Cypress Family)
5 species from the Cupressaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Thuya

Maltese name(s) :

Tujja

Status for Malta :

Cultivated species. Introduced plants cultivated for agricultural or horticultural purposes but sometimes can be occassionaly found as an escapee close to the site of their original cultivation.

Frequency :

Data not available - casual or short-lived in the wild from accidental garden or agriculture escape

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: Macro-Phanerophyte ( high trees usually over 10 m high )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

All year

Colour of Flowers:

Inconspicuous

Toxicity:

Mildy toxic, can cause adverse conditions if consumed in large quantities

Name Derivation :

Platycladus:
orientalis:

Planting in rural areas :

Cannot be planted in the wild (rural areas) since the species may be invasive (see ERA guidelines)


Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Parks and gardens, with casual escape in abandoned places
Preferred habitat in Malta: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Botanical Description: Several basal branches with flattened twigs, long more or less as the length of the main stem. Leaves entirely green. Female cones conical, with 6(-8) thick scales, each with a stout hooked or recurved apical boss. Seeds five on each scale, wingless.
Distributional range: Ornamental tree in many countries
Native region outside Europe: (China)

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
All Europe except Faroe Islands, Iceland, Svalbard archipelago, Russia and former USSR
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
[cAb(A) cAg cAl nAu(A) cBH aCs aGe Gg cGg(A D G) aHs(S) nIt cJu aLu cMa cRf(CS) cRm Uk(K)]

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Species Images (8 images)
   Platycladus orientalis   -   Image Code: PTYOR-0.
   Platycladus orientalis   -   Image Code: PTYOR-1.
   Platycladus orientalis   -   Image Code: PTYOR-2.
   Platycladus orientalis   -   Image Code: PTYOR-3.
   Platycladus orientalis   -   Image Code: PTYOR-4.
   Platycladus orientalis   -   Image Code: PTYOR-5.
   Platycladus orientalis   -   Image Code: PTYOR-6.
   Platycladus orientalis   -   Image Code: PTYOR-7.

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