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CALIFORNIA NUTMEG

Torreya californica

Taxaceae

CALIFORNIA NUTMEG is a smallish understory tree that grows on moist sites in the Coast Range and Sierra Nevada, from around 2,000 feet to 7,000 feet, nowhere abundant.

Foliage is needlelike, deep green, glossy,  from one to two inches long, and sharp pointed. Leaves have a pronounced odor when crushed, another common name being "stinking cedar."

Trees are dioecious, male and female cones occur on separate individuals. Seed cone, fruit (aril) is olive-like (no photo yet).

Lightish pollen cones occur on nodes between needles.