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Prickly Juniper or Cade Juniperus oxycedrus (Cupressaceae) HEIGHT to 14m. Spreading evergreen shrub or small untidy tree. BARK Brown, sometimes tinged with purple; peels away in vertical strips. LEAVES Sharply pointed needles arranged in whorls of 3; upper leaf surface has 2 pale bands separated by slightly raised midrib, and lower surface has pronounced midrib. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Female cones are rounded or pear-shaped, and mature to a reddish colour. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of S Europe, generally preferring dry habitats.
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