Podocarpus laetus

Podocarpus laetus is a species of conifer in the family Podocarpaceae, commonly known as Hall's tōtara, mountain tōtara or thin-barked tōtara.[2] Previously known as Podocarpus hallii and Podocarpus cunninghamii,[3] in 2015 it was realised that the much earlier name P. laetus has priority.[4] Its common name results from the species being named after J. W. Hall, a New Zealand pharmacist.[2]

Podocarpus laetus
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P. laetus
Binomial name
Podocarpus laetus
Hooibr. ex Endl.
Synonyms
  • Podocarpus hallii
  • Podocarpus cunninghamii

It is found only in New Zealand. It can be found growing in both montane and subalpine forests but less common in lowland forests.[2]

P. laetus is distinguished from the more widely known lowland tōtara by its thinner bark,[5] longer juvenile leaves and distribution at higher altitudes.[6][7]

References

  1. "The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. doi:10.2305/iucn.uk.2013-1.rlts.t42498a2983081.en. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  2. Eagle, Audrey (2008). Eagle's complete trees and shrubs of New Zealand volume one. Wellington: Te Papa Press. p. 12. ISBN 9780909010089.
  3. "www.conifers.org".
  4. Molloy, Brian (2015). "Brian Molloy, 'The correct name for the New Zealand endemic conifer Hall's totara (Araucariales: Podocarpaceae)'. Phytotaxa 220(2)". Phytotaxa. 220 (2): 101. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.220.2.1.
  5. "Hall's tōtara". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  6. "Podocarpus cunningham (Hall's totara)". Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  7. "TOTARA". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 21 August 2012.


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