The Gymnosperm Database


Range of Podocarpus ledermannii (de Laubenfels 1988). Adapted from a map by


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Podocarpus ledermannii

Pilger 1916 (p. 210)

Common names

In W New Guinea: Sua [Kebar]; bébieai [Kapauko]; in E New Guinea, babako [Aijura, Anona]. In New Britain: neleel [Cape Gloucester]; nelil [Mt. Talawe] (de Laubenfels 1988).

Taxonomic notes

Syn: Podocarpus idenburgensis N.E. Gray 1958 (de Laubenfels 1988).


"Tree, 4-26(-33) m tall, 8-60 cm diam. Foliage buds 4-8 mm long by 3-4 mm in diam., the primary budscales more or less spreading. Juvenile and adult shade leaves linear, 11-22 by 2-2.4 cm, narrowing abruptly to an acuminate apex and at the base to a 4-10 mm petiole; leaves more exposed to the sun no more than 16-18 mm wide, weakly acuminate if at all and narrowing less abruptly at the base; midrib above broad and rounded, 1.5-2 mm wide and c. 0.6 mm high, sometimes collapsing on dried specimens to a small narrow ridge. Pollen cones c. 4.5 cm long, grouped on a 3-4 mm peduncle. Seed-bearing structure on a 4-15 mm peduncle; foliola 2 mm long; receptacle 9-16 mm long. Seed with its covering 11-13 by 9-10 mm, slightly crested ... Leaves in the type collection are at the short and broad extremes for the species. Leaves in two examples were found to have two large additional vascular resin canals and one of these also had a continuous upper hypoderm" (de Laubenfels 1988).

Distribution and Ecology

New Guinea and New Britain, where scattered and locally common in the understory of primary rainforest from low elevation to at least 1800 m (de Laubenfels 1988).

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See also

de Laubenfels, D.J. 1980. Blumea 26:140.

Gaussen (1976), p. 173.

Wasscher. 1941. Blumea 4:456.

Last Modified 2017-12-29