Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Podocarpus spinulosus

Common name

Spiny-leaf podocarp



Where found

Dry forest, heath, shrubland, cliff tops, and gullies. Coastal north of Moruya, and south from Pambula.


Shrub or tree to 3 m high. Leaf tips sharp. Stalks of seeds fleshy. Leaves sharp pointed. Bark thin, fibrous. Leaves aromatic when rubbed, alternating up the stems, crowded, 2-8 cm long, 2–4.5 mm wide, glossy green, tips gradually tapering to a point. Male and female cones on different plants, rarely on the same plant. Male cones 4–8 mm long, 2–4 mm in diameter, single or in clusters of of 1-5 at the bases of the leaves. Mature female cones consisting of a seed 8–15 mm long, 7–10 mm in diameter, with a blue-black to purple, glaucous, fleshy, stalk 6–10 mm long, single.

PlantNET description: (accessed 1 February, 2021)