Podocarpus elongatus (Breede River yellowwood)
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Smaller than the other Podocarpus species in southern Africa, growing as
a small bush or tree to a height of about six metres although it has been
recorded to a maximum height of 24 metres (Palmer and Pitman 1972). Fruit are
distinctive in consisting of dark blue-green seeds each of which is embedded in
a scarlet-coloured fleshy base.
Distribution and habitat
Has a fairly confined distribution in the winter rainfall
region of the southwestern Cape, South Africa, where it is found mainly along
mountain streams although it can also be found growing in a stunted form on open
According to Palmer and Pitman (1972), both the seeds and
their fleshy bases are eaten by mammals and birds.
- Palgrave, K.C. and Palgrave, M.C. 2002. Trees of Southern Africa. 3rd
Edition. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.
- Palmer, E. and Pitman, N. 1972. Trees of Southern Africa covering all
known indigenous species in the Republic of South Africa, South-West Africa,
Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. Volume 1. A.A. Balkema, Cape
- van Wyk, B. and van Wyk, P. 1997. Field Guide to Trees of Southern
Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.