Description: Trees or shrubs.
Leaves oblong and flat with only the midvein visible, usually alternate, often 2-ranked.
Male cones axillary, sessile or nearly so, usually clustered, sometimes solitary; sporangia 2 on each sporophyll. Female cones with 1 or 2 ovules borne at or near the end of special axillary twigs, the axis beneath the seed becoming swollen and fleshy at maturity, [rarely remaining woody].
Ovules enclosed in an epimatium, becoming leathery or fleshy in fruit.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 94 species, widespread in Southern Hemisphere & southern Asia. Australia: 7 species, Qld, N.S.W., Vic., Tas.
Text by G. J. Harden & J. Thompson
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Leaves >5 mm wide; trees||Podocarpus elatus|
|Leaves usually <5 mm wide; shrubs or small trees||2|
|2||Leaves >20 mm long, apex acute||Podocarpus spinulosus|
|Leaves <20 mm long, apex usually obtuse|
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