Hesperocyparis nevadensis Woodland Alliance
Piute cypress woodland

USDA Ecological Section Map

Summary Information

  • Primary Life FormTree
  • Elevation1200-1850 m
  • State RarityS2.2
  • Global RarityG2
  • DistributionUSA: CA (NRCS) (Calflora)
  • Endemic to CaliforniaYes
  • Endemic to California Floristic Province and DesertsYes
  • Date Added1995/11/01

Characteristic Species

Hesperocyparis nevadensis is dominant in the tree canopy with Juniperus californica, Pinus monophylla, Pinus sabiniana and Quercus douglasii.

Vegetation Layers

Trees < 15 m; canopy is open to intermittent. Shrubs are infrequent to common. Herbaceous layer is sparse.

Membership Rules

  • Callitropsis nevadensis > 50% relative cover in the tree canopy.


Slopes and ridges. Soils are shallow over granitic or metamorphic substrates.

Other Habitat, Alliance and Community Groupings

MCV (1995) Puite cypress unique stands
NVCS (2009) Not treated
Calveg Piute cypress
Holland Southern interior cypress forest
Munz Closed-cone pine forest
WHR Closed-cone pine-cypress
CDFW CA Code 81.605.00

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