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Podocarpaceae (yellowwood family)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Gymnospermae > Coniferophyta

There are 18 genera and 173 species (mainly southern Hemisphere, especially Australasia) of which two genera (Afrocarpus and Podocarpus) and four species are native to southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa


Six species One species, Afrocarpus falcatus (Outeniqua yellowwood).



There are about 105 species (Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, also South America, Africa, Asian and Pacific tropics) Three species in southern Africa.


Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002). All except one species are native to New Zealand.


Two species cultivated.


Dacrycarpus dacrydioides (Kahika yellowwood)

Native to New Zealand.


Dacrydium cupressinum (Rimu yellowwood)

Native to New Zealand.


Manoao colensoi (Silver pine)

[= Lagarostrobos colensoi, Dacrydium colensoi

Native to New Zealand.


Phyllocladus trichomanoides (Tanekaha)

Native to New Zealand.



  • Barker, N.P., Muller, E.M. and Mill, R.R. 2004. A yellowwood by any other name: molecular systematics and the taxonomy of Podocarpus and the Podocarpaceae in southern Africa. South African Journal of Science 100: 629-632. Download pdf

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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