Cypress Pine (Callitris presii)

A grove of young Callitris
A grove of young Callitris

Callitris flowers and leaves.
Callitris flowers and leaves.

Common names: Cypress Pine, Southern Cypress Pine, Murray Pine

Taxonomic name: Callitris presii

FamiIy: Cupressaceae

Habitat: Woodlands, Mallee

Form: Tree between 1 metres and 9 metres

Flowering Time: August to January

Ngarrindjeri/ Kaurna name: Narnu/Murra

Description and uses:

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.

Callitris cones.
Callitris cones.

Young Cypress cones make an interesting tea,
Young Cypress cones make an interesting tea.

A mature Cypress Pine.
A mature Cypress Pine.