Decussocarpus vitiensis (Seem.) de Laub.
Nageia vitiensis (Seem.) Kuntze
Podocarpus filicifolius N.E.Gray
Podocarpus vitiensis Seem.
Retrophyllum vitiense is an evergreen tree with a spreading crown of drooping, extremely graceful branches; it can grow up to 43 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be more than 130cm in diameter and is sometimes buttressed in New Guinea[
In some parts of its range this species is a valuable timber species that is frequently logged, sometimes traded and much used for construction[
This species will have been affected by lowland rainforest clearance in some parts of its range; quantifying the impact is impossible based on available information. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Indonesia (Moluccas) through New Guinea to Fiji.
A canopy tree in dense, mixed forests at elevations from 100 - 900 metres in Fiji and 1,650 - 2,000 metres in southeast New Guinea.
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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Based on data from 21 collection localities, this species grows at elevations of 770 ±680 metres. Within its range, mean annual temperature is 23°c, with an average minimum in the coldest month of 18°c, and a mean annual precipitation of 3,290mm. Zone 10 (cold hardiness limit between -1°c and +4.4°c)[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
A good quality, heavy exterior construction timber[
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