The Gymnosperm Database


"Podocarpus steyermarkii Buchholz et N. Gray. A. shoot with leaves and ovulate strobili (from Macquire and Politi 28248 NY, Venezuela); B. Ovulate strobilus with peduncle and receptacle (source same as A); C. shoot with leaves and microsporangiate strobili (from Macquire and Politi 28464 NY, Venezuela); D. pollen sacs after dehiscence and pollen shed (source same as C); E. shoot tip with bud scales and leaves (from Steyermark 60876 NY-isotype, Venezuela)" (Stevenson 1991).


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Podocarpus steyermarkii

J. Buchholz et N.E. Gray 1948

Common names

Taxonomic notes

"Type: Venezuela, Estado Bolivar, Carrao-Tepui, J.A Steyermark 60876 (holotype, F)" (Stevenson 1991).


"Tree to 25 m. Leaves linear-lanceolate, spreading and recurved from twigs, 4-8 cm long and 0.6-1.1 cm wide, sessile to subsessile, acute at apex, with a median groove in upper surface and a median ridge on lower surface, gradually narrowed to base, margin revolute. Bud scales long attentuate. Microsporangiate strobilus axillary, sessile, solitary, long-cylindrical, to 5 cm long. Ovulate strobilus with stout peduncle 7-12 mm long, receptacle 6-8 mm long, with two fused bracts with divergent apices. Seed ovoid, 8 mm long, 5 mm in diameter, obtuse at apex and cristate at base" (Stevenson 1991).

Distribution and Ecology

"Endemic to the mountains bordering Venezuela and Guyana at 1800-2600 m. Not yet known from the Guianas but definitely to be found, as specimens from tepuis in Venezuela near the border with Guyana are known" (Stevenson 1991).

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The epithet honors Julian A. Steyermark (1909-1988), an extremely busy botanist who collected over 130,600 plants in twenty-six countries and described 2,392 different plant taxa, including Juniperus standleyi. He collected the type specimen of this species, as well as of Podocarpus buchholzii, P. magnifolius, and P. tepuiensis.


See also

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