2.  Just greening-up from winter with the female strobiles in the whorls of the leaf axils. Note needle-like leaves in communis as opposed to the scale-like leaves in other members of the genus.


4.  Male strobiles on J. communis photographed in mid-June.


6.  Closer view of male strobiles. Note the new growth at the tips of the branches.


8.  Close up of first year female cone.


10.  Early July photo of mature cones, probably in their third year.


12.  Mid-august photo of first year cones (yellow-green) and the now fully-blue second-year cones.


14.  Late September close up of the leaves as summer-fall fades. Note how prominent the stomatal band has become.


16.  Another photo taken on October 10, 2006 showing the plant entering winter dormancy.

3.  Late May photo of Female cones in early stage of development. Note shriveled fully developed cone and also light stomatal band in center of leaf. This band will intensify as the year progresses.


5.  A cluster of first year female cones taken in mid-June at the same time as the photo at the left.


7.  Photo taken in late June showing new cones (yellow-green) in various stages of development and last year's cones turning blue.

9.  Late June photo of male strobiles

11.  Seed removed from one of the cones at left.


13.  Mid-September photo of mixed although primarily second-year cones as the needles-like leaves begin the change to their winter brown color.


15.  Photo taken on October 10, 2006 just before snow covered the plant for the winter.


17.  June 2, 2011.  Close-up of new growth
and Male strobiles.  Click on photo to
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Juniperus communis var. depressa Pursh

17 photos.
The "common juniper.  Variety depressa is the only variety of four which is found in Alaska.

ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 528646

1.  Early May photo of J. communis as the plant emerges from winter dormancy.
Approximate dates are given for the photos, however they were taken over a period of
three years and the plant development may have varied by year.