Book of Mediterranean Trees, Shrubs and Climbers


Cedrus atlantica  Altas Cedar
Family Pinaceae
Genus Cedrus  [SE-drus]  from Gr. Kedros, the Cedar of Pliny. alluding to the fragrance
Species atlantica  [at-LAN-ti-ka]  of the Atlas mountains
Properties tree
Cedrus atlantica, the Atlas cedar, is a cedar native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco (Middle Atlas, High Atlas), to the Rif, and to the Tell Atlas in Algeria. A majority of the modern sources treat it as a distinct species Cedrus atlantica, but some sources consider it a subspecies of Lebanon cedar (C. libani subsp. atlantica).
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