The leaves of this mountain cypress appear dense and healthy. Widdringtonia nodiflora (SA Tree List No. 20) thrives on mountain slopes among rocks, often in gullies, from the Cape Peninsula along the southern and eastern coast mountain ranges to the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg. That is if veld fire doesn't get them. Another population grows in the north of Limpopo.
A multitude of thin, branched stems have tiny scale-like leaves pressed to them. This leaf arrangement is typical of the juniper type cypress trees with scale-like or awl-like leaves (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Wikipedia; www.plantzafrica.com).