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Cupressus gigantea, the Tibetan cypress, is a species of conifer in the Cupressaceae family in Asia.

Cupressus gigantea
King Cypress Tree.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Cupressaceae
Genus: Cupressus
C. gigantea
Binomial name
Cupressus gigantea


It is endemic and found only in Southeast Tibet - China. Populations are concentrated along the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Cupressus gigantea is the biggest of all Cupressus species.

King cypressEdit

The biggest known specimen is the famous King Cypress, about 50 meters high, 5.8 meters in diameter, 0.165-acre (670 m2) of crown-projection-area; and calculated age of 2,600 years.


  1. ^ Conifer Specialist Group 1998. Cupressus gigantea. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 10 July 2007.