This species is not universally accepted. It is treated as a synonym of Podocarpus neriifolius in Farjon, A. (2010). A handbook of the world's Conifers 2: 533-1111. BRILL, Leiden, Boston.
Podocarpus annamiensis is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 16 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 100cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for commercial and local use of its wood.
This is a vulnerable species in China; only a few trees now remain in unexploited forests in southern Hainan[
E. Asia - southern China (Hainan), Myanmar, Vietnam
Tropical montane rainforests, evergreen broad-leaved forests on laterite and granitic yellow-earth; at elevations from 600 - 1,600 metres[
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Species in this genus are generally slow-growing[
A dioecious species; both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The wood is excellent for carving and making writing materials and musical instruments[
This species is one of several that can be traded collectively under the name 'podo'. The general description of podo wood is as follows:-
The heartwood is light yellow with a greenish tinge or light golden brown; it is not clearly demarcated from the sapwood. The texture is very fine and even; the grain is straight. The wood can vary considerably in hardness and density; it is fairly strong; non-durable under exposed conditions. It seasons well without serious degrade. It is easy to work with hand and machine tools; planed surfaces are smooth and lustrous. The wood is suitable for many decorative purposes, interior finishings, panelling, high class furniture and cabinets, fancy plywood and flooring[
The seed can be sown at any time of the year in a sandy soil, though it is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Cuttings of half-ripe terminal shoots, 5 - 10cm long, in a frame[
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