Podocarpus nivalis

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For other plant species also known as tōtara, see List of plants known as tōtara.
Podocarpus nivalis
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Podocarpaceae
Genus: Podocarpus
Species: P. nivalis
Binomial name
Podocarpus nivalis
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Podocarpus nivalis (mountain or snow totara) is a species of conifer in the Podocarpaceae family. It is found only in New Zealand. It grows in the mountains and subalpine lands from 37° to the far south New Zealand about 46° South Latitude. Up to 5 m tall (16.5 ft).

Cultivation and uses[edit]

It is one of the hardiest podocarps of the Southern Hemisphere, it has withstood minus 25 °C(minus 13 °F) in the British Isles, and survives long periods under snow in its native habitat, close to the bush line in NZ's high mountains. It needs high rainfall to grow well.

References and external links[edit]

  • Allan. H. H. 1961. Flora of New Zealand. Government Printer, Wellington.
  • Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray 1981
  • Huxley. A. 1992. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. MacMillan Press 1992 ISBN 0-333-47494-5