64. Cupressus himalaica Silba CUPRESSACEAE

Weeping Himalayan cypress; Bhutia: chandang, tchenden

Woodcut after drawing by J.D. Hooker, from Hooker’s Himalayan Journals

This tree, with beautiful drooping foliage, occurs wild in Bhutan at altitudes of up to 3000 metres. Its wood is used there in the construction of temples, and its aromatic leaves are burnt as incense. The wild species was first scientifically described from Bhutan as recently as 1987, but it had first been collected there in 1838 by William Griffith. It is closely related to Cupressus cashmeriana seen in the glasshouses (Number 21 of the this series), but that species differs in its bluish-grey foliage. In January 1849 Joseph Hooker was impressed by a tree planted beside a temple at Yoksum, Sikkim, which had a trunk with a girth of 16½ feet (five metres).

     

     

    RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
    Accession Number:19982541
    Scientific Name:Cupressus cashmeriana Royle ex Carrière
    Family:Cupressaceae
    Genus:Cupressus
    Epithet:cashmeriana
    Collector:Noltie, Henry J.; Pradhan, Rebecca,; Sherub & Wangdi, Tandin
    Year:1998
    Origin:Bhutan, Sikkim & Darjeeling:Thimphu Dist.:Inside ruins of Drukyel (Drugye) Dzong
    Elevation:2,500m
    Plant:19982541W
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541L
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541K
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/E27/N015
    Plant:19982541Q
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541N
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541M
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541R
    Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YY0/1280
    Plant:19982541X
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/W19/R050
    Plant:19982541Y
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/B09/K020
    Plant:19982541A
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541AC
    Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YS11
    Plant:19982541Z
    Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YS11/1390
    Plant:19982541U
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541B
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541G
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541AA
    Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YS12/500
    Plant:19982541AB
    Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YS11/1360
    Plant:19982541O
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541C
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541E
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541P
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541I
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541T
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541H
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541S
    Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YY0/1280
    Plant:19982541AD
    Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YS12/480
    Plant:19982541J
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19982541V
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    1998.2541A (3).JPG
    1998.2541A.JPG
     Location: 27.500000,89.316667