Herbario Virtual del Mediterráneo Occidental

Àrea de Botànica, Departament de Biologia, Universitat de les Illes Balears

Juniperus phoenicea L. subsp. turbinata (Guss.) Nyman

Family : CUPRESSACEAE

Genus : Juniperus

    Catalan common name : Savina. Sivina.

    Spanish common name : Sabina.

    Province distribution : Alicante. Balearic Islands. Barcelona. Castellón. Gerona. Tarragona. Valencia.

    Distribution in the islands : Cabrera. Dragonera. Formentera. Ibiza. Mallorca. Minorca.

    General distribution : South Mediterranean

    Flowering time : February. March.

    Life-forms : Macrophanerophyte.

    Habitat : Beaches and dunes, sandy soils. Occasionally on rocky coastlines.

    Uses and properties : Furniture, construction and tools. Medicinal.

    IUCN Category : Vulnerable

    Characteristics : The juniper is a tree which has scale-shaped leaves which are superimposed one on top of the other, generally displayed in four rows. The fruits or berrylike cones are spherical in shape, and have a slightly fleshy covering. The shape of the fruits, as well as the general size and shape of the plant, allows us to distinguish the juniper from the cypress, which is another tree with scale-shaped leaves; in this case the fruit has a shape of small pine cone. The junipers live in sandy substrates where they can form compact juniper woods with very large trees, usually living together with pines. These mixed woods are especially frequent in the Pitiüses (Eivissa and Formentera). We can also find them in rocky substrates, in places with little soil, in which case these individuals are usually smaller.

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Patrocinador: Fundació Sa Nostra