Juniper at Daybreak, Overlooking Noonday Canyon, Gila National Forest, San Lorenzo NM, February 28, 2016

Oldtimer at the Overlook

Juniper at Daybreak, Overlooking Noonday Canyon, Gila National Forest, San Lorenzo NM

February 28, 2016

Oldtimer at the Overlook

Presented with great respect for the tenacity of these old trees.

Junipers

Junipers are coniferous plants in the genus Juniperus of the cypress family Cupressacea. Depending on taxonomic viewpoint, between 50 and 67 species of juniper are widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from the Arctic, south to tropical Africa in the Old World, and to the mountains of Central America and Ziarat Pakistan. The highest-known Juniper forest occurs at altitude of 4,900 metres in south-eastern Tibet and the northern Himalayas, creating one of the highest tree-lines on earth.

Junipers vary in size and shape from tall trees, 20–40 m (66–131 ft) tall, to columnar or low spreading shrubs with long trailing branches. They are evergreen with needle-like and/or scale-like leaves. They can be either monoecious or dioecious. The female seed cones are very distinctive, with fleshy, fruit-like coalescing scales which fuse together to form a "berry"-like structure, 4–27 mm (0.16–1.06 in) long, with 1–12 unwinged, hard-shelled seeds. In some species these "berries" are red-brown or orange but in most they are blue; they are often aromatic and can be used as a spice. The seed maturation time varies between species from 6–18 months after pollination. The male cones are similar to those of other Cupressaceae, with 6–20 scales.

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