Podocarpus latifolius (Thunb.) R.Br. ex Mirb.

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Podocarpus latifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Forest, Vumba

Podocarpus latifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Podocarpus latifolius

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red Wall Cave area, Chimanimani N.P.

Podocarpus latifolius

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red Wall Cave area, Chimanimani N.P.

Podocarpus latifolius

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red Wall Cave area, Chimanimani N.P.

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Synonyms: Podocarpus thunbergii Hook.
Common names: Broad-leaved yellow-wood (English) Real yellow-wood (English)
Status: Native
Medium to large evergreen tree. Leaves subsessile, spirally arranged or clustered at the ends of branches, narrowly elliptic, thick and leathery, tapering to a sharp point; margins entire, rolled under. Male cones axillary, pinkish, up to 5 cm long. Female cones blue-grey produced on a conical, fleshy, purple berry-like receptacle.
Derivation of specific name: latifolius: broad-leaved
Altitude range:
Flowering time:(Cones) Jul - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Sudan southwards on the eastern side of Africa reaching Angola and South Africa
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 46. as Podocarpus milanjianus (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 41. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 89. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 17.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 19.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Page 87.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 231.

Lewis, J. (1960). Podocarpaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 84 - 86. As Podocarpus milanjianus (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 12.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 1. as Podocarpus milanjianus

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 153.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 87 - 89. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 80. In erroe as P. elongatus

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Flora of Mozambique: Podocarpus latifolius
Flora of Zambia: Podocarpus latifolius
Flora of Zimbabwe: Podocarpus latifolius
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Podocarpus latifolius

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Podocarpus latifolius
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Podocarpus latifolius
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Podocarpus latifolius
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JSTOR Plant Science: Podocarpus latifolius
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Podocarpus latifolius
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Podocarpus latifolius
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The Plant List (version 1.1): Podocarpus latifolius
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Wikipedia: Podocarpus latifolius

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Podocarpus latifolius.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=102960, retrieved 13 October 2019

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