Halocarpus bidwillii at Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park. Photographer: John Smith-Dodsworth
Podocarps are trees or shrubs that have linear or scale-like leaves and are usually dioecious. They have a female cone that is usually reduced to one ovule with a seed bearing bract or fruit. The name podocarp means 'foot seed' which refers to the position of the seed at the foot of the fruit rather than being enclosed by it.
There are eight genera with native species in New Zealand:
Dacrycarpus dacrydioides seedling at Trounson Kauri Park. Photographer: Jeremy Rolfe
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This page last updated on 5 Oct 2012