Common name: plum pine, brown pine
Podocarpus elatus R.Br. ex Endl. APNI*
Description: Medium to large tree with brown to dark brown bark that is often fissured and scaly on old trees.
Leaves oblong to linear, 6–18 mm wide, 5–14 cm long, midvein prominent, other veins obscure.
Male cones narrow-cylindrical, catkin-like, to 3 cm long, in ± sessile, axillary clusters. Female cones axillary, stalked, solitary; scales few, fleshy, uniting with the stalk to form a fleshy receptacle.
Fruiting receptacle blue-black, glaucous, fleshy, to 20 mm diam., bearing an almost globose seed c. 10 mm diam.; ripe Mar.-July. A valuable timber species, often planted as an ornamental.
Distribution and occurrence: in and around rainforest north from the Beecroft Peninsula.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J. Harden & J. Thompson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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