The Gymnosperm Database


P. salignus in Valdivian rain forest at Parque Oncol, Chile [Rick Fencl, 2006.03].


Bark of a tree at Parque Oncol, Chile [Rick Fencl, 2006.03].


Foliage of a tree at Parque Oncol, Chile [Rick Fencl, 2006.03].


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Conservation status 2010: protocol 2.3, needs updating

Podocarpus salignus

D. Don in Lambert 1824

Common names

Taxonomic notes

Syn: P. chilinus Rich. et A. Rich. in A. Richard 1826; Nageia chilina (Rich. et A. Rich.) F. Muell. 1876 (Farjon 1998).


Tree to 18 m. Leaves to 8 cm, dark blue-green above. Staminate strobili slender, drooping in small clusters (Scarr 2000).

(Eckenwalder 2009).

Distribution and Ecology

Chile: the Andes (Scarr 2000). Based on data from 12 collection localities, it grows at elevations of 630 ±250 m. Within its range, mean annual temperature is 10°C, with an average minimum in the coldest month of 1°C, and a mean annual precipitation of 1700 mm (Biffin et al. 2011, Table S5). Hardy to Zone 8 (cold hardiness limit between -12.1°C and -6.7°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001).

The IUCN reports that this species is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild due to exploitation.

Big tree







Scarr, S.C. 2000. Catalog of Coniferales on the University of Exeter Estate., accessed 2010.10.10.

See also

The species account at Threatened Conifers of the World.

Last Modified 2017-12-29