Hesperocyparis macrocarpa Woodland Special Stands
Monterey cypress stands

USDA Ecological Section Map

Summary Information

  • Primary Life FormTree
  • Elevation0-100 m
  • State RarityS1
  • Global RarityG1
  • DistributionUSA: CA (NRCS) (Calflora)
  • Endemic to CaliforniaYes
  • Endemic to California Floristic Province and DesertsYes
  • Date Added1995/11/01

Characteristic Species

Hesperocyparis macrocarpa is dominant or co-dominant in the tree canopy with Pinus radiata.

Vegetation Layers

Trees < 25 m; canopy is open to intermittent. Shrub layer is sparse to intermittent. Herbaceous layer is sparse to grassy.

Membership Rules


Headlands and sheltered areas near the coast. Soils are granitic derived.

Other Habitat, Alliance and Community Groupings

MCV (1995) Monterey cypress stands
NVCS (2009) Not treated
Calveg Monterey cypress
Holland Monterey cypress forest
Munz Closed-cone pine forest
WHR Closed-cone pine-cypress
CDFW CA Code 81.604.00

National Vegetation Classification Hierarchy

Formation Class Mesomorphic Tree Vegetation (Forest and Woodland)
Formation Subclass Temperate Forest
Formation Warm Temperate Forest
Division Madrean Forest and Woodland
Macro Group California Forest and Woodland
Group Californian evergreen coniferous forest and woodland