Microcachrys

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Microcachrys tetragona
Microcachrys tetragona.jpg
Microcachrys tetragona, Illustration.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Podocarpaceae
Genus: Microcachrys
Hook.f.
Species: M. tetragona
Binomial name
Microcachrys tetragona
(Hooker) Hook.f.

Microcachrys tetragona (Creeping Pine or Creeping Strawberry Pine)is a species of dioecious conifers belonging to the podocarp family (Podocarpaceae). [1] It is the sole species of the genus Microcachrys. [2] The plant is endemic to western Tasmania, where it is a low shrub growing to 1 m tall at high altitudes. Its leaves are scale-like, arranged (unusually for the Podocarpaceae) in opposite decussate pairs, superficially resembling those of the unrelated Diselma archeri (Cupressaceae). It shares the common name Creeping pine with several other plants. Females produce tiny, red, edible berries in summer.

Twenty million year old fossils of an ancient relative are found in New Zealand indicating the lineage may have been widespread across the southern hemisphere.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christopher N. Page. 1990. "Podocarpaceae" pages 332-346. In: Klaus Kubitzki (general editor); Karl U. Kramer and Peter S. Green (volume editors) The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants volume I. Springer-Verlag: Berlin;Heidelberg, Germany. ISBN 978-0-387-51794-0
  2. ^ James E. Eckenwalder. 2009. Conifers of the World. Timber Press: Portland, OR, USA. ISBN 978-0-88192-974-4.
  3. ^ Lost relative of Gondwanan relic found - By Anna Salleh - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Retrieved 2 October 2012.

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