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Phyllocladus aspleniifolius  (Podocarpaceae) 1:2

Phyllocladus aspleniifolius (Celery Top Pine) is a medium sized native tree (rarely more than 30cm in diameter) found in rainforest or wet forest and scrub. It is endemic to Tasmania and is found in most high rainfall areas of the island, extending  from sea level to tree line. It is the only Australian species of this genus, but other species occur in New Zealand, New Guinea and South-east Asia.

The genus is unique among conifers in having the branchlets (complete with leaves) flattened into photosynthetic phylloclades. These can be divided or lobed to varying degrees (see the photos). The seedlings have needle leaves. The branches spread widely and tend to curve upwards towards the ends.

 
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