13.000 Podocarpus L'Hér. ex Pers. - Yellow-woods

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs, evergreen. Leaves spirally arranged to sub-opposite; juvenile leaves similar to adult ones, often larger; lamina linear, lanceolate or ovate-elliptic, mid-vein single, often raised on 1 or both surfaces, stomatal lines present on abaxial surface. Pollen cones axillary, solitary or clustered, pedunculate or sessile; microsporophylls numerous, spirally arranged. Seed cones usually axillary, usually solitary; apical bracts fertile; basal bracts often fused to form a receptacle. Seeds drupe-like, dry or leathery, sometimes coloured and succulent.

Derivation of name: from Greek: podos meaning foot and carpos a fruit, referring to the fleshy ‘foot’ or receptacle on which the fruit of some species develops.

Worldwide: 94 species extending from temperate zones in the southern hemisphere though tropical highlands to the West Indies and Japan.

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

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henkelii Stapf ex Dallim. & Jacks.
latifolius (Thunb.) R.Br. ex Mirb.Description, Image
madagascariensis Baker

Other sources of information about Podocarpus:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Podocarpus
Flora of Malawi: Podocarpus
Flora of Mozambique: Podocarpus
Flora of Zambia: Podocarpus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Podocarpus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Podocarpus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Podocarpus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Podocarpus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Podocarpus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Podocarpus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Podocarpus
JSTOR Plant Science: Podocarpus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Podocarpus
Plants of the World Online: Podocarpus
Tropicos: Podocarpus
Wikipedia: Podocarpus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Podocarpus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=91, retrieved 20 June 2024

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