Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Family Profile
Family Description

A family of ca. 18 genera and ca. 180 species, pantropic but extending into temperate regions in the southern hemisphere; six genera occur naturally in Australia.


Podocarpus - A genus of 95 species widely distributed in the southern hemisphere but extending into Asia; seven species occur naturally in Australia. Hill (1998); Laubenfels (1985, 1988).

Prumnopitys - A genus of ca. 10 species in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, South and Central America; two species occur naturally in Australia. Hill (1998); Laubenfels (1978, 1988); Biffin (2010).


Biffin, E. et al (2010) Podocarp Evolution: a molecular phylogenetic perspective. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 95:1-20.

Hill, K.D. (1998). Pinophyta. In 'Flora of Australia.' Vol. 48, (CSIRO: Melbourne.) pp.545-596

Laubenfels, D.J. de (1978). The genus Prumnopitys (Podocarpaceae) in Malesia. Blumea 24:189-190.

Laubenfels, D.J. de (1985). A taxonomic revision of the genus Podocarpus. Blumea 30:251-278.

Laubenfels, D.J. de (1988). Coniferales. In 'Flora Malesiana.' Ser. 1, Vol. 10, (Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht.), pp. 337-453.

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