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A coniferous evergreen tree (Cryptomeria japonica) native to East Asia, having spirally arranged needlelike leaves and cultivated as an ornamental and timber tree. Also called Japanese cedar, sugi.

[New Latin Cryptomeria, genus name : crypto- + Greek meros, part (since the microsporangia are concealed at the base of scales, while the seeds are concealed in a verticil of large scales and subtending bracts); see (s)mer-2.]
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(Plants) a coniferous tree, Cryptomeria japonica, of China and Japan, with curved needle-like leaves and small round cones: family Taxodiaceae
[C19: from New Latin, from crypto- + Greek meros part; so called because the seeds are hidden by scales]
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Noun1.cryptomeria - Japanese cedarCryptomeria - Japanese cedar; sugi      
gymnosperm genus - a genus of gymnosperms
Cupressaceae, cypress family, family Cupressaceae - cypresses and junipers and many cedars
Cryptomeria japonica, Japan cedar, Japanese cedar, sugi - tall evergreen of Japan and China yielding valuable soft wood
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References in periodicals archive ?
Climatic information recorded in stable carbon isotopes in tree rings of Cryptomeria fortunei, Tianmu Mountain, China.
Wet-wood-related issues have also been researched using steam-explosion treatment of Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica; Kanagawa et al.
Changes in the localization and levels of starch and lipids in cambium and phloem during cambial reactivation by artificial heating of main stems of Cryptomeria japonica trees.
There are reds ranging from the fire-engine red of the shrubby redosier dogwood to the coppery reddish-brown of the Nanking cherry to the dulled red-brown of Cryptomeria. Individual trees of river birch each have their own bark hue, some cinnamon-brown, others reddish-brown or grayish-brown.
(2000) em estudo com Cryptomeria japonica, aos 111 dias de idade, em que plantas produzidas em substrato formado por proporcoes iguais de solo e vermiculita, os tubetes de 120 [cm.sup.3] apresentaram crescimento similar as produzidas no tubete 240 [cm.sup.3].
Perfect for an Oriental garden is the Japanese cedar, Cryptomeria japonica Elegans.
Age structure and regeneration of old growth Cryptomeria japonica forests on Yakushima Island.
Isolation of the anti-ulcer compound in essential oil from the leaves of Cryptomeria japonica.
In vitro experiments showed that PSK has pleiotropic effects on cell growth and differentiation such as stimulating cell proliferation in Asparagus and rice,(5),(20) promoting tracheary element differentiation in Zinnia (17),(21) and enhancing somatic embryogenesis in carrot and Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica).
Chies, "Utilizacao da madeira de Cryptomeria japonica para producao de paineis de particulas orientadas (OSB)," Scientia Forestalis, Piracicaba, vol.
The remaining area has been replaced by plantations of mostly coniferous trees which include Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica), Taiwania (Taiwania cryptomerioides), Taiwan red cypress (Chamaecyparis formosensis), China fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata), and Luanta fir (Cunninghamia konishii) [8].