At the time of Bean’s last edition the genus Dacrydium was still applied as a rather broad concept. Recent decades have seen much reorganisation of the Podocarpaceae and in its modern sense Dacrydium contains c. 21 species distributed from extreme south east Asia through the Malesian floristic region (Malasia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, etc.) the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Fiji, and New Zealand. The only species at all hardy in our study area is the New Zealand Rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum) and Bean’s text for this species remains unaltered in that article. The remaining species treated by Bean, distributed in Tasmania and New Zealand, have all long been assigned to new genera. Accounts for these species now appears under the correct modern names:
Dacrydium bidwillii = Halocarpus bidwillii;
D. franklinii = Lagarostrobos franklinii;
D. laxifolium = Lepidothamnus laxifolius.
We have created these hybrid articles – Bean’s text under the correct modern names, with appropriate synonymy – whilst we await sponsorship to enable a full revision of these genera to be written. We are re-organising the Podocarpaceae text in this way to enable a new revision of Podocarpus to commence in early 2022.
TC, February 2022.