The Gymnosperm Database


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Podocarpus glaucus

Foxworthy 1907

Common names

In West New Guinea it is nipa in the Kebar language, and bèbiai in the Kapauko language (de Laubenfels 1988).

Taxonomic notes


"Decumbent shrub to small or medium-sized tree, 2-15 m tall, up to 20-25 cm diam. Foliage buds 1-1.5 mm long and 1.5 mm in diam.; primary bud-scales 0.6 mm wide. Juvenile leaves oval, 2-3.5 cm by 5-7 mm. Adult leaves ovate, the widest part somewhat beyond the centre, 1-2 cm by 3-6 mm, round and very blunt at the apex, narrowing at the base to a 2-3 mm petiole; revolute, crowded, flushing red, at least sometimes glaucous; midrib above a distinct ridge 0.2 mm wide. Pollen cones 1-2 cm long, often elongating in the basal scaly part to 1-2 mm. Female receptacle becoming purple when mature. Seed with its covering with a distinct crest... Sterile young plants resemble P. pilgeri, but with crowded leaves" (de Laubenfels 1988).

Distribution and Ecology

Solomon Islands; New Guinea (also on Arfak Mts., and including Manus in the Admiralty Islands), Moluccas (W Ceram), and Philippines (Mindoro). It grows as a "medium-sized tree in the forest or more often dwarfed or even decumbent on mountain crests in stunted mossy forests, often locally common, [at elevations of] (500-)1000-2800 m. Recorded from stony, sandy clay and from a limestone ridge associated with Gymnostoma and Rhododendron, near Kiunga and Wissel Lakes (New Guinea) on peaty soil" (de Laubenfels 1988).

Big tree







Foxworthy, F.W. 1907. Philippine Journal of Science 2 Bot. 258.

See also

Foxworthy (1911).

Gaussen (1976).

Gray (1958).

de Laubenfels (1978), p. 138.

Pilger (1926), p. 248.

Wasscher. 1941. Blumea 4:456.

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