Genus of the Month


This page has been created for people who want to learn more about plants, especially in the context of their taxonomy (Latin names, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available Web resources for a particular genus.
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This month's genus:


Juniper shrub: maturing foliage close-up of Juniper berries
Myrica sp. Photos taken by J. Forman.
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Superorder: Pinidae
Order: Pinales
Family: Cupressaceae
Number of Species: over a dozen
Root: Latin, unsure of meaning.

Species in the genus Juniperus are usually shrubs or small trees bearing small, fleshy, aromatic cones commonly referred to as "berries". Often used in landscaping and gardening, some species are harvested for their wood, which has been used to create everything from pencils to fenceposts to intricately carved furniture. New, "juvenile" foliage is often distinctly different in appearance from adult foliage.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Juniperus species:


  1. Little, Elbert L. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees. Eastern Region. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1980

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