Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Dioecious trees or shrubs. Leaves flat, narrow, scale-like or oblong, spirally arranged, usually alternate (rarely opposite). Male cones usually terminal, solitary or 1–3 in leaf axils, cylindric or ovoid with spirally arranged sporophylls. Female cones reduced, with 1 or a few scales, usually 1 of which has in axil a megasporophyll folded over and united to an inverted ovule, sterile scales adnate to upper part of stipe and developing into swollen, fleshy, brightly coloured, edible receptacle supporting the seed. Seed 1 or 2, variable in shape, often becoming fleshy, testa thin or fleshy, inner parts woody.

7 genera, most from the Southern Hemisphere; 4 genera in Australia, only Podocarpus in Victoria. Family and genus description taken from Bennett (1987).

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Conifers (Pinophyta). In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
class Pinopsida
order Pinales
Higher taxa
family Podocarpaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Podocarpus