Clanwillian cedar has been extensively logged for its dense, easily workable and durable timber by European settlers. It was used for fence posts, construction of farm houses and sheds and later for carpentry, furniture, and cabinet making, until the resource dwindled and the last stands were almost destroyed by fires. In the nearby town of Clanwilliam beautifully worked examples can be seen in the Anglican church (doors, pews, carved altar) and Courthouse.
References and further reading
- Andrag, R.H. (1977). Studies in die Sederberge oor (i) die status van die Clanwilliam seder (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis Marsh) (ii) buiteligontspanning. University of Stellenbosch.
- Farjon, A., February, E., Higgins, S., Fox, S. & Raimondo, D. (2013). Widdringtonia cedarbergensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 07 July 2013.
- February, E.C. & Stock, W.D. (1988). The relationship between ring width measures and precipitation for Widdringtonia cedarbergensis. South African Journal of Botany 64: 213–216.
- Fox, S. (2003). An assessment of the population status and demographic models of Widdringtonia cedarbergensis. Unpublished BSc Hons. University of Cape Town.
- Higgins, S., February, E.C. & Skowno, A. (2002). Distribution and population viability of Clanwilliam cedar (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis, Cupressaceae). Final report to WWF-SA Table Mountain Fund. WWF-SA Table Mountain Fund.
- Hilton-Taylor, C. (1996). Red Data List of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria, South Africa.
- Luckoff, H.A. (1971). The Clanwilliam Cedar (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis Marsh); its past history and present status. Journal of Botanical Society of South Africa 57: 17–24.
- Manders, P. T. (1986). An assessment of the current status of the Clanwilliam cedar (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis) and the reasons for its decline . South African Forest Journal 139: 48–53.
- Meadows, M. and Sugden, J. (1991). A vegetation history of the last 14 000 years on the Cederberg, south western Cape Province. South African Journal of Science 87: 34–43.
- Mustart, P., Juritz, J., Makua, C., Van der Merwe, S.W. & Wessels, N. (1995). Restoration of the clanwilliam cedar Widdringtonia cedarbergensis: the importance of monitoring seedlings planted in the Cederberg, South Africa. Biological Conservation 72:73–76.
- Mustart, P.J. (2008). A synthesis of information on Widdringtonia cedarbergensis (the Clanwilliam Cedar). Unpublished report to the Botanical Society of South Africa.
- Schellevis, N. and J. Schouten. (1999). Clanwilliam cedar (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis J. A. Marsh). In: Farjon, A. & C. N. Page (ed.), Conifers. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. , pp. 90-91. IUCN/SSC Conifer Specialist Group. IUCN, , Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.