Phyllocladus

TSO logo

Sponsor this page

For information about how you could sponsor this page, see How You Can Help

Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Phyllocladus' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/phyllocladus/). Accessed 2019-12-07.

Family

  • Podocarpaceae

Glossary

family
A group of genera more closely related to each other than to genera in other families. Names of families are identified by the suffix ‘-aceae’ (e.g. Myrtaceae) with a few traditional exceptions (e.g. Leguminosae).
linear
Strap-shaped.
unisexual
Having only male or female organs in a flower.

References

There are currently no active references in this article.

Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Phyllocladus' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/phyllocladus/). Accessed 2019-12-07.

This curious genus of trees and shrubs is related to Podocarpus, although they are very different in outward aspect. Of the species that are, or have been, in cultivation, one is native of Tasmania and three of New Zealand. Two tropical species grow in Borneo and the Philippine Islands. They are evergreen and are chiefly remarkable because the branchlets are flattened out to resemble leaves and perform the functions of leaves, after the fashion of several acacias and the butcher’s broom; they are known as phylloclades. The true leaves are small and linear or scale-like – scarcely noticeable except on young seedling plants. Flowers unisexual; both sexes occurring on one tree in some species, on separate trees in others.

The four species here described succeed in a good, open soil but need a copious rainfall and warmer conditions than our average climate affords. Propagation can be done by cuttings put in gentle heat in summer, but plants raised from imported seeds are preferable.

From the Supplement (Vol.V)

The genus is revised by H. Keng in Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, Vol. 59, pp. 249-73 (1978). The author proposes that it should be removed from Podocarpaceae to a new monotypic family – the Phyllocladaceae.

Feedback

A site produced by the International Dendrology Society.

For copyright and licence information, see the Licence page.

To contact the editors: info@treesandshrubsonline.org.