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Evergreen trees or shrubs with flattened erect branchlets. Leaves small, scale-like, adpressed, or sometimes needle shaped, opposite, decussate, imbricate in 4 series. Flowers monoecious, with juvenile leaves larger and more slender than those of the adult foliage.  Male catkins terminal, solitary, ovoid, with 3-6 pairs of stamens, anthers 2-4 celled. Female cones of 8-12 scales, ovoid or oblong, long persisting, thickened upwards, the 2 or 3, rarely 4-5, winged or wingless. Seeds solitary or geminate, often with integumentary wings.