Podocarpus sect. Longifoliolatus

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Podocarpus sect. Longifoliolatus


Leaves either linear and no more than 11 mm wide or narrowly lanceolate, narrowing gradually at the base, midrib above variable in width and mostly c. 0.3 mm high but lower in some species, broader and less prominent beneath (and in some species drying into a channel), in most species more than 3 vascular resin canals, frequently a well-developed or continuous upper hypoderm, especially where there are no extra resin canals. Seed with its covering also variable in size, at least 8 mm long by 6 mm diam., globular, in some species with a weak crest.


Asia-Tropical: Sumatera (Sumatera present), Pacific: Fiji (Fiji present)
Mostly in highly localized stands from Sumatra to Fiji, 10 spp., 5 of which are in Malesia.


This section can be divided roughly into two parts, one with more or less parallel-margined leaves with extra resin canals and normally at least two fruits on each fertile structure as well as small pollen cones 10-28 mm long and a strong relationship to ultrabasic soils; the other part with lanceolate leaves, which only in some cases have extra resin canals and normally only one fruit in each fertile structure as well as larger pollen cones 3-4.5(-6) cm long and a relationship to a variety of habitats. In all species the foliage buds on vigorous shoots surpass 8 mm, a condition found in the subgenus only elsewhere in sect. Acuminatus. The female foliola usually or always at least 3 mm long are rare elsewhere in the genus.