Podocarpus lawrencei Hook.f.

Mountain Plum-pine

London J. Bot. 4: 151 (1845) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate or erect shrub, often decumbent and sprawling over rocks, occasionally a tree up to 8 m high or rarely more. Bark smooth, pale coppery-brown and inclined to peel in papery sheets. Leaves sessile, oblong-linear, 0.5–1.5 cm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide, rigid, leathery, dark green, aromatic, midrib prominent on under-surface; apex obtuse to apiculate, sometimes minutely toothed. Male cones 7–15 mm long, purplish before release of pollen. Female cones on short stalks in leaf axils; scales few, fleshy, united with stalk to form receptacle; ovules 1–2; receptacle finally 4–8 mm long, succulent, bright-red. Seed ovoid, crested, 3–6 mm long.

HFE, HNF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Grows in alpine and subalpine areas of southeastern Australia, on rocky sites above 1300 m.

An erect shrub to tree form of P. lawrencei is known from Goonmirk Rocks in East Gippsland, where it grows in cool-temperate rainforest with emergent eucalypts. Compared with the more common low prostrate form, the leaf apices are apiculate rather than obtuse and the apical margins rounded rather than angular. The aroma is said to be stronger and more pinelike. The largest specimen recorded (from a very sheltered position) is 20 m tall.

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
family Podocarpaceae
genus Podocarpus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Podocarpus lawrencei in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Podocarpus lawrencei in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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