Alpine plum pine, mountain plum pine (Harden 1990).
Syn: P. alpinus R. Br. ex Mirbel (Harden 1990). Basionym for Podocarpus alpinus var. lawrencei (J.D.Hook.) J.D.Hook.
"Much-branched decumbent or erect shrub 50-100 cm high, rarely a small tree in sheltered positions. Leaves crowded, obscurely 2-ranked, linear to oblong or narrow-obovate, mostly 5-15 mm long, 2-4 mm wide. Male cones axillary, cylindrical, 5-10 mm long, solitary or in groups. Female cones axillary. Receptacle of 2 fused fleshy scales, 3-5 mm long, expanding to 6 mm long at maturity and turning bright red, fleshy; seed ovoid, 3-5 mm long, green" (Harden 1990).
Australia: Tasmania, Victoria, and New South Wales, at elevations of 1000-1800 m (ANBG [no date]). You can create a highly detailed map, and access specimen data, using the "search" function at the Australia Virtual Herbarium.
Based on data from 79 collection localities, its climate preferences include a mean annual temperature of 7.8°C, with an average minimum in the coldest month of -2.1°C, and a mean annual precipitation of 1438 mm (Biffin et al. 2011, Table S5); this and Podocarpus nivalis appear to be the most cold-adapted species in the family. Hardy to Zone 7 (cold hardiness limit between -17.7°C and -12.2°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001). Typically grows in subalpine to alpine areas (ANBG [no date]).
Ages up to 460 years are cited without supporting evidence (ANBG [no date]).
"The species name lawrencei commemorates Robert William Lawrence (1807-1833), a botanical collector" (ANBG [no date]).
ANU Forestry. 1999. http://online.anu.edu.au/Forestry/teaching/t6/podocarp/podocarp.html, accessed 1999.10.07, now defunct.
Gray (1956), p.168 under P. alpinus J.D. Hook.
de Laubenfels (1985), p.256.
Thompson, J. 1961. Contr. New South Wales Natl Herb. Fl. Ser. 1-18:42-44 (43).
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