Podocarpus elatus—Plum Pine, Brown Pine—PODOCARPACEAE.

Podocarpus elatus

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Habitat— In and around rainforest.

Distribution— North from the Beecroft Peninsula on the Central Coast of New South Wales to North Queensland.

Description—Medium to large tree with brown to dark brown bark that is often fissured and scaly on old trees. A valuable timber species, often planted as an ornamental.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Crowdy Bay National Park, Forster Park and Marina, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tuncurry Flora Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Oblong to linear, 6 to 18 mm wide, 5 to 14 cm long, midvein prominent, other veins obscure.

Podocarpus elatus
Podocarpus elatus

Inflorescence.—Male cones narrow—cylindrical, catkin—like, to 3 cm long, in ± sessile, axillary clusters. Female cones axillary, stalked, solitary; scales few, fleshy, uniting with the stalk to form a fleshy receptacle.

Flowering.—Summer to early Autumn.

Fruit.—Fruiting receptacle blue—black, glaucous, fleshy, to 20 mm diam., bearing an almost globose seed c. 10 mm diam.

Ripe.—March to July.

Podocarpus elatus