Podocarpus salignus

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Podocarpus salignus
Podocarpus salignus - Caerhayes Castle gardens - Cornwall, England - DSC03146.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Gymnosperms
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Araucariales
Family: Podocarpaceae
Genus: Podocarpus
P. salignus
Binomial name
Podocarpus salignus

Podocarpus salignus, the willow-leaf podocarp,[2] is a species of coniferous evergreen tree in the family Podocarpaceae. It is found only in Chile, from 35 to 42° south latitude, where it is threatened by habitat loss. Growing up to 20 m (66 ft) in height and 1 m (3 ft) in diameter, the trunk is straight and cylindrical, with reddish-gray bark. The arching branches bear long, narrow, willow-like leaves, and red fleshy oval fruits where male and female plants are grown together. In Chile it is known as Mañío de hojas largas (long-leaved).

Cultivation and uses[edit]

This tree is grown in gardens and parks of Chile, and has been introduced to the British Isles. It requires heavy rainfalls or high humidity, but withstands temperatures down to −25 °C (−13 °F).[3] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[2][4]

The wood is of good quality, yellowish colored, straight grained, and highly moisture resistant. It is used in furniture and construction.

References and external links[edit]

  1. ^ Gardner, M. (2013). "Podocarpus salignus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2013: e.T32030A2808753. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T32030A2808753.en. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b "RHS Plant Selector - Podocarpus salignus". Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  3. ^ Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press 1992 ISBN 0-333-47494-5
  4. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 80. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  • Donoso, C. 2005. Árboles nativos de Chile. Guía de reconocimiento. Edición 4. Marisa Cuneo Ediciones, Valdivia, Chile. 136p.
  • Hechenleitner, P., M. Gardner, P. Thomas, C. Echeverría, B. Escobar, P. Brownless y C. Martínez. 2005. Plantas Amenazadas del Centro-Sur de Chile. Distribución, Conservación y Propagación. Universidad Austral de Chile y Real Jardín Botánico de Edimburgo, Valdivia. 188p.
  • Hoffman, Adriana 1982. Flora silvestre de Chile, Zona Araucana. Edición 4. Fundación Claudio Gay, Santiago. 258p.
  • Rodríguez, R. y M. Quezada. 1995. Gymnospermae. En C. Marticorena y R. Rodríguez [eds.], Flora de Chile Vol. 1, p 310–337. Universidad de Concepción, Concepción.
  • Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray 1981.
  • Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable 1974 ISBN 0-09-457920-2.
  • F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press 1951.
  • Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press 1992 ISBN 0-333-47494-5
  • " Podocarpus salignus ". Encyclopedia of Chilean Flora. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  • "Growing Podocarpus salignus in the British Isles". Plants for a Future. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  • Conifers Around the World: Podocarpus salignus - Willow-Leaf Podocarp