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Retrophyllum vitiense

(Seem.) C.N.Page

Podocarpaceae

+ Synonyms

Decussocarpus vitiensis (Seem.) de Laub.

Nageia vitiensis (Seem.) Kuntze

Podocarpus filicifolius N.E.Gray

Podocarpus vitiensis Seem.

Common Name:

Retrophyllum vitiense

General Information

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[
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In some parts of its range this species is a valuable timber species that is frequently logged, sometimes traded and much used for construction[
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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)[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Range

Southeast Asia - Indonesia (Moluccas) through New Guinea to Fiji.

Habitat

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.

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height35.00 m
PollinatorsWind
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

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)[
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The Gymnosperm Database
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A good quality, heavy exterior construction timber[
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Title
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Propagation

Seed -

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