Cypress Pine (Callitris presii)
Common names: Cypress Pine, Southern Cypress Pine, Murray Pine
Taxonomic name: Callitris presii
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.