Podocarpus spinulosus

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Podocarpus spinulosus
Podocarpus spinulosus Chatswood.jpg
Podocarpus spinulosus at Chatswood West, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Podocarpaceae
Genus: Podocarpus
Species: P. spinulosus
Binomial name
Podocarpus spinulosus
(Sm.) R.Br. ex Mirb.

Podocarpus spinulosus, the Dwarf Plum Pine or Spiny-leaf Podocarp, is a species of podocarp native to the warm-temperate coastal regions of New South Wales and southern Queensland. It is generally an understorey shrub, rarely growing more than 2 m tall.

It was first described by James Edward Smith in 1817 as Taxus spinulosa.[1] It was reclassified 'as Podocarpus spinulosus in 1825.[2]

The leaves are needle-like, 2–8 cm (0.79–3.15 in) long, sharply pointed, green above and with glaucous stomatal bands beneath. The cones are berry-like, with a fleshy, edible purple-black aril 1–2 cm (0.39–0.79 in) long and one (rarely two) apical seed 1 cm (0.5 in) long.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taxus spinulosa Sm.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  2. ^ "Podocarpus spinulosus (Sm.) R.Br. ex Mirb.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  3. ^ G. J. Harden. "New South Wales Flora Online: Podocarpus spinulosus". Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney, Australia.