Biota, Chinese arborvitae, oriental arborvitae, oriental thuja  • Hindi: मोरपंखी Morpankhi, मयूरपंखी mayurpankhi • Manipuri: Lairikheibi;
Shrub to small tree with somewhat flattened branches, closely appressed minute leaves and woody almost globose female cones with peltate scales with curved processes, turning brown when mature.

Platycladus is a distinct genus of evergreen coniferous tree in the cypress family Cupressaceae, containing only one species, Platycladus orientalis, also known as Chinese arborvitae, biota or oriental thuja.

It is endemic to northwestern China. It is also now naturalised as an introduced species elsewhere in Asia: eastward to Korea and Japan; southward to northern India; and westward to northern Iran.
The binomial Platycladus means “with broad or flattened shoots”. The qualifier orientalis refers to its native habitat in China.[3]
It is a small, slow-growing tree, to 15-20 m tall and 0.5 m trunk diameter (exceptionally to 30 m tall and 2 m diameter in very old trees). The foliage forms in flat sprays with scale-like leaves 2-4 mm long. The cones are 15-25 mm long, green ripening brown in about eight months from pollination, and have 6-12 thick scales arranged in opposite pairs. The seeds are 4-6 mm long, with no wing.
It is used as an ornamental tree, both in its homeland, where it is associated with long life and vitality, and very widely elsewhere in temperate climates.
Several cultivars have been selected, of which ‘Aurea nana’[4] and ‘Elegantissima’[5] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.
The wood is used in Buddhist temples, both for construction work, and chipped, for incense burning
(From  Wikipedia on 8.12.13)

efloraofindia:”For Id 08102011MR8’’ common shrub almost a tree but peculiar fruit Pune:  I have seen this shrub very often though I do not know its name.
A few days ago I came across a tall version of the same but these peculiar globular fruit like structures. There were many but very high This is all I could manage to capture
Date/Time-Oct 2011
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Tall shrub
Height/Length- one floor of a building

yes this is Platycladus orientalis

is Platycladus orientalis called Thuja in Marathi?

Thuja orientalis is the synonym, including Biota orientalis.

Yes .. was aware of the earlier name Thuja orientalis. Now correctly called as Platycladus orientalis
Family : Cupressaceae

Thuja is (/Thuja occidentalis/) abendl�ndisches Lebensbausm or tree of life. A popular plant on the border between two gardens, as it is evergreen and dense. The neighbour can’t look thru.  This is also popularly planted on the graveyards.


Ornamental Bush for ID : 011011 : AK-3:
Pictures taken at a garden in Srinagar, Kashmir.
Seems to be Morpankhi, or a species of it as the fruit looked a little different.
A medium sized bush, about 5-6 feet in height.

Cupressus macropoda

Is the name ‘Cupressus macropoda’ correct as I could not find any match on search.

Can you please check for Cupressus arizonica or Arizona Cypress on FOI?
Your picture of the same is also taken in Srinagar, Kashmir. Kindly verify.

I could not find any valid name of Cupressus macropoda in IPNI. May be some mistake in spellings etc.

To me this looks like Thuja orientalis

Many thanks … for the id of this long pending post of mine.


Gymnosperm Fortnight : Cupressaceae : Srinagar : 091213 : AK-2 : Attachments (2). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Posted earlier on our group.
Taken at a plant nursery in Srinagar on 10/9/2011.
… had suggested Cupressus macropoda, … Thuja orientalis.
The latter seems to be correct.
Kindly confirm id.

Thuja orientalis now known as Pladycladus orientalis.


Platycladus orientalis (L.) Franco
syn: Thuja orientalis L.; Biota orientalis (L.) Endl.
Shrub to small tree with soewnat flattended branches, closely appressed minute leaves and woody almost globose female cones with peltate scales with curved processes, turning brown when mature.
Photographed from Delhi

Platycladus orientalis (L.) Franco
in a garden of Manali on 03 JUN 08

Very beautiful as always … lovely presentation..


Gymnosperms fortnight :: ID request-2 :: PKA06: : 1 image. 3 posts by 3 authors,
One more plant from my collection.

Cupressus (Morpankhi in Marathi)

I think Platycladus orientalis (Thuja orientalis).


Platycladus orientalis (L.) Franco [Cupressaceae] is one of the most common ornamental shrub/tree or sometimes maintained as hedge in India. More popularly mentioned as Thuja orientalis L. in earlier scientific literature it is well known by the common name ‘More Pankhi’.
It is a native of North Western China.
More in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platycladus_orientalis

Attached are pictures of Platycladus orientalis from Almora, Uttarakhand captured in November 2012.
Requested to please validate ID.

Yes. Nice photographs.


GYMNOSPERMS FORTNIGHT :: Platycladus orientalis from Panipat-NS 16: Attachments (6). 4 posts by 3 authors.
This is one of the commonest planted gymnosperms, I am sharing my pics from a garden in Panipat..
Platycladus orientalis popular by the name Thuja..

Yes Sir, it is used in Homoeopathic medicine.

identification of plant : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
this is another plant i want toget identified. it’s been shot in angul in odisha as well.
SK1054 31MAR-2018 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Location Gyaneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Elevation :  4600 ft.
Date : 30 March 2018
Habit : Cultivated
Again Juniperus sp ??

Closet I can reach is Platycladus orientalis
Pl. check.

Thank you …

SK1037 22 MAR-2018 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Location : Gyaneswor , Kathmandu, Nepal
Date : 22 March 2018
Elevation :  4500 ft.
Habit : Cultivated
Juniperus excelsa M.-Bieb. ??

Does not matches with any species at Juniperus

Thank you …!



Plant for ID : Lalbagh, Bangalore : 16DEC19 : AK-14 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
A cultivated plant seen yesterday in Lalbagh

Thuja occidentalis (white cedar)


Chail Himachal PradeshPlatanus orientalis– 11 June 2006; For Id ASAP please -Set 01 – indiantreepix | Google Groups

Platycladus For ID : Jim Corbett,Uttarakhand : 240614 : AK-46 :  3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Platycladus plant seen in the premises of an ancient Temple on 17/5/14..
Probably a cultivated one.

Could be Platycladus orientalis….

Thanks for a possible id.

I guess correct ID !



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