Juniperus communis L. var. communis

Locations ofJuniperus communis L. var. communis in Virginia

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Family
Cupressaceae
Botanical Name
Juniperus communis L. var. communis
Common Name
Common Juniper
Synonym(s)
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Not in Flora of Virginia.
Comments
All Virginia material was previously assigned to var. depressa, but specimens from Highland County were recently determined to be the European var. communis, calling the identity of other populations into question. Adams in FNA (1993) stated that var. communis was not a part of the North American flora, but subsequent morphological and genetic work by Adams has confirmed its occurrence. In neighboring West Virginia, studies have shown that var. communis is the only variety known to occur in the state (J. Vanderhorst, pers. comm.)
Habitat
Wet meadows and open meadow habitat on mountaintop, between 3,500 and 4,100ft.
Native Status
Introduced

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