Cypress Pine (Callitris presii)
Common names: Cypress Pine, Southern Cypress Pine, Murray Pine, Rottnest Island Pine
Taxonomic name: Callitris presii
Habitat: Woodlands, Mallee
Form: Tree between 1 metres and 10 metres
Flowering Time: August to January
Ngarrindjeri/ Kaurna name: Narnu/Murra
A spreading tree to 10 metres, conical in general shape. The branches are spreading, with many branchlets. The woody fruit of the female cones is a globe shaped cone with 6 segments which do not separate at the base. The cones remain on the branches long after their use by date. Male strobili (cones) form at the end of branchlets are yellow/orange and can release visible clouds of pollen.
Cypress Pines grow up to 10 metres tall and their wood, which is aromatic and termite resistant is traditionally, it is used for making woomeras.
A sticky resin from stem and cones as adhesive on small implements and decorations. It’s a nice tasting gum, being quite aromatic and is given to young children on a stick when they are teething.
The young cones don’t taste very nice by themselves but a couple of them can be broken up and added to hot water to make an interesting tasting tea.