Dacrydium

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Dacrydium
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Podocarpaceae
Genus: Dacrydium
Lamb.
Species

Dacrydium araucarioides
Dacrydium balansae
Dacrydium beccarii
Dacrydium comosum
Dacrydium cupressinum
Dacrydium cornwalliana
Dacrydium elatum
Dacrydium ericoides
Dacrydium gibbsiae
Dacrydium gracile
Dacrydium guillauminii
Dacrydium leptophyllum
Dacrydium lycopodoides
Dacrydium magnum
Dacrydium medium
Dacrydium nausoriensis
Dacrydium nidulum
Dacrydium novo-guineense
Dacrydium pectinatum
Dacrydium spathoides
Dacrydium xanthandrum

Dacrydium is a genus of conifers belonging to the podocarp family Podocarpaceae. Sixteen species of evergreen dioecious trees and shrubs are presently recognized. The genus was first described by Solander in 1786, and formerly included many more species, which were divided into sections A, B, and C by Florin in 1931. The revisions of de Laubenfels and Quinn (see references), reclassified the former section A as the new genus Falcatifolium, divided Section C into new genera Lepidothamnus, Lagarostrobos and Halocarpus, and retained Section B as genus Dacrydium.

The natural range of Dacrydium extends from New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji and the Solomon Islands through Malesia (New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines), to Thailand and southern China.

References[edit]

  • de Laubenfels, David J. 1969. A revision of the Melanesia and Pacific rainforest conifers, I. Podocarpaceae, in part. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 50:274-314.
  • Quinn, C.J. 1982. Taxonomy of Dacrydium Sol. ex Lamb. emend. de Laub. (Podocarpaceae). Australian Journal of Botany 30: 311-320.