Hesperocyparis bakeri Forest & Woodland Alliance
Baker cypress stands

USDA Ecological Section Map

Summary Information

  • Primary Life FormTree
  • Elevation1150-2100 m
  • State RarityS2.2
  • Global RarityG2
  • DistributionUSA: CA, OR (USDA Plants)
  • Endemic to CaliforniaNo
  • Endemic to California Floristic Province and DesertsYes
  • Date Added1995/11/01

Characteristic Species

Hesperocyparis bakeri is dominant in the tree canopy with Abies concolor, Abies magnifica, Calocedrus decurrens, Juniperus occidentalis, Pinus attenuata, Pinus jeffreyi, Pinus lambertiana, Pinus ponderosa and Pseudotsuga menziesii.

Vegetation Layers

Trees < 30 m; canopy is open to continuous. Shrub layer is sparse to abundant. Herbaceous layer is sparse.

Membership Rules


Upper slopes and ridges. Soils developed from sterile basaltic and serpentine substrates.

Other Habitat, Alliance and Community Groupings

MCV (1995) Baker cypress unique stands
NVCS (2009) Not treated
Calveg Baker cypress
Holland Northern interior cypress forest
Munz Closed-cone pine forest
WHR Closed-cone pine-cypress
CDFW CA Code 81.601.00

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