Alligator bark juniper: Juniperus deppeana

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Description:

Botanical Characteristics:
:Habitat and range: Present only in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. ( USDA Plant Database).
Growth habit: Tree. :U.S. Nativity: Native.
Status: Not endangered in New Mexico.
Ecology:
Human uses:

USDA Plant Profile Symbol: JUDE2

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Closeup of alligator bark juniper <em>Juniperus deppeana</em>, showing berries.
Closeup of alligator bark juniper Juniperus deppeana, showing berries. Photographed at Aguirre Springs Campground, May 8, 2055.
Closeup of alligator bark juniper Juniperus deppeana, showing the bark. Jack Carter, Trees and Shrubs of New Mexico, notes that the bark of the trunk is "divided into rectangular or square plates resembling the back of an alligator, thus the common name." The bark, plus the characteristic white dots on the needles, make this the easier juniper to identify. Photographed at by Kenneth Ingham.
Closeup of alligator bark juniper <em>Juniperus deppeana</em>, showing the bark.
Closeup of alligator bark juniper <em>Juniperus deppeana</em>, showing the needles with the characteristic "white resinous dots of exudate."
Closeup of alligator bark juniper Juniperus deppeana, showing the needles with the characteristic "white resinous dots of exudate." Photographed at Aguirre Springs Campground, May 8, 2005.

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Taxonomy:

KingdomPlantae---Plants
  SubkingdomTracheobionta---Vascular plants
    SuperdivisionSpermatophyta---Seed plants
      DivisionSpermatophyta---Seed plants
        ClassPinopsida
          Subclass
            OrderPinales
              FamilyCupressaceae---Cypress family
                GenusJuniperus L.---Juniper
                  SpeciesJuniperus deppeana Steud.---alligator juniper

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