Dacrydium leptophyllum

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Dacrydium leptophyllum


Leaves diverging widely from the stem but sharply bent forward parallel to the stem or even directed inward, lanceolate, pungent, 1-1.5 mm long, 0.2-0.3 mm wide, 0.1 mm thick, strongly keeled on the dorsal side, flat or slightly concave on the axial side. Leaves on vigorous branches larger, up to 3 mm long and 0.6 mm wide.


Asia-Tropical, West New Guinea present, top of Mt Goliath present
Malesia: West New Guinea (known only from the top of Mt Goliath), at 3000-3600 m.


The original description expressed uncertainty between Dacrydium and Podocarpus sect. Dacrycarpus for this unique taxon, but unfortunately settled for the latter. The tiny leaves are typical for Dacrydium and the primary branches show no sign of the dimorphism which characterizes Dacrycarpus.