Collectors complain that this species grades into Dacrycarpus compactus, and indeed in the zone of overlap between these two species specimens of Dacrycarpus cinctus have shorter and more robust leaves resembling Dacrycarpus compactus, while the common glaucousness of Dacrycarpus cinctus has been observed to disappear at elevations above 2,950 metres. The two species are substantially different, however, and both become much less common in the elevations where they overlap (2,900 - 3,400 metres). Perhaps hybridization occurs where they overlap[
Bracteocarpus cinctus (Pilg.) A.V.Bobrov & Melikyan
Bracteocarpus dacrydiifolius (Wasscher) A.V.Bobrov & Melikyan
Dacrycarpus dacrydiifolius (Wasscher) Gaussen
Podocarpus cinctus Pilg.
Podocarpus dacrydiifolius Wasscher
Dacrycarpus cinctus is an evergreen tree with an open, flat-topped canopy; it can grow up to 33 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 20 - 90cm in diameter, free of branches for 12 - 20 metres[
]. In more difficult growing conditions, the plant can be a shrub as little as 2 - 4 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild on a small scale for commercial use of its wood.
Dacrycarpus cinctus occurs over a very large area within the Malesian Archipelago and has been collected frequently for herbaria. Despite ongoing decline inferred from exploitation and deforestation in the region, it is currently too widespread and probably too common to meet any of the criteria for a threatened category. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Indonesia to New Guinea
An emergent, dominant tree in montane forest, extending to alpine low 'mossy forest' or shrubland and tree fern grassland where it is often a shrub no more than 4 metres tall; found at elevations from 900 - 3,600 metres[
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Dacrycarpus cinctus is native from moderate to high elevations in the tropics of Indonesia and New Guinea. Within its range, the mean annual temperature is around 14.8°c, with an average minimum in the coldest month of 8.7c. The mean annual precipitation is around 2,736mm[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required[
Large trees of this species will be valuable timber and have undoubtedly been logged for this purpose. Its wood is probably not distinguished from other members of the family and is traded as 'podocarp' wood. Its properties and uses would be similar to those of Dacrycarpus imbricatus. In Sarawak and Sulawesi the wood has been traditionally used for the construction of longhouses[
The wood from the various species of Dacrycarpus is very similar and is generally lumped together as 'podocarpus wood'.. The only description we have is for Dacrycarpus imbricatus, which is as follows:-
The wood is fine-grained, resistant to termites and insects, easy to work[
]. Of moderate quality, it is used for construction, furniture making, boxes, plywood and construction timber[
The aril surrounding the seed possibly contains germination inhibitors, and so should be removed from the seed as soon as possible[
]. Sow the seed in light shade in a nursery seedbed. Germination can take from 2 - 13 weeks[
Rooting of cuttings can be done from coppice material. In a test 7 - 10cm long cuttings were root dipped in ABT. After 3 months 80% of the cuttings had rooted successfully[
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