The Gymnosperm Database


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Conservation status 2010: protocol 3.1

Podocarpus roraimae

Pilger 1913 (p. 299)

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Taxonomic notes

"Type: Venezuela, Estado Bolivar, 2040-2255 m, Ule 40 (holotype, B)" (Stevenson 1991).


"Shrub to small tree from 3-10 m. Leaves ovate or oblong to oblanceolate, up to 6 cm long and 0.8 cm wide in juvenile and vigorous shoots, 2-3 cm long and 0.4-0.6 cm wide in reproductive and adult shoots, with short petiole 1.5-3 mm long, obtuse at apex, with a median ridge on upper surface or caniculate between two narrow ridges and a median groove in lower surface, gradually narrowed at base, margins flat to slightly revolute. Bud scales attenuate to acuminate, foliaceous. Microsporangiate strobilus never described. Ovulate strobilus with peduncle 4-5 mm long, receptacle 6 mm long, with two fused bracts with divergent apices. Seed ovoid, 8 mm long, 5 mm in diameter, obtuse and distinctly cristate at apex" (Stevenson 1991).

Distribution and Ecology

"Endemic to the mountains bordering Venezuela and Guyana at 1800-2400 m. Not yet known from the Guianas but definitely to be found; as the type locality is on the western side of Mt. Roraima it should at least be present on the eastern side in Guyana" (Stevenson 1991).

The IUCN reports that the population status is stable.

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