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Juniperus foetidissima
Stinking juniper

Stinking juniper (Juniperus foetidissima) is a small coniferous tree or shrub with scaled leaves. It is native to the eastern Mediterranean Basin and the Black and Caspian Seas. The tree’s crushed foliage has a foul and putrid or fetid smell, from which the plant gets its name.  

The wood is durable and of good quality, thus large individuals were used for furniture-making in the past; however, today the tree has no commercial use and is only exploited locally for firewood and smaller constructions.

The stinking juniper grows on dry, rocky slopes, limestone crags and in gravel soils. Usually, the tree is found in scrublands and open coniferous forests, in elevations from near sea level up to 2000 m. 

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