Podocarpus lambertii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Podocarpus lambertii
Species Authority: Klotzsch

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-06-13
Assessor(s): Farjon, A.
Reviewer(s): Thomas, P. & Gardner, M.
This species has a large range (extent of occurrence estimated from mapped herbarium specimens = 761,575 km2). The human footprint factor is fairly high (45) especially near the coast, where habitat and individual trees are likely to have disappeared. It is suspected that rates of population decline over three generations may approach the threshold (20-29%) for inclusion in a threatened category under criterion A and it is therefore warranted to flag this species as Near Threatened.
2007 Near Threatened
2002 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from northeast Argentina: Missiones; and southern Brazil: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais. The extent of occurrence is well in excess of the thresholds for any threatened category.
Argentina (Misiones); Brazil (Minas Gerais, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, São Paulo)
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Population [top]

Population: This species, although widespread in southern Brazil, is nowhere abundant or even common and usually occurs as scattered individual trees.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The habitat type most commonly cited for Podocarpus lambertii is 'campo rupestre' ('rocky grassland') which is in actual fact a mosaic of different habitats, composed of usually stony fields with grasses and often also shrubs, wet or peaty areas, small and larger streams bordered with taller woody vegetation, or even with gallery forest. In the eastern States where this species occurs, it will be mostly gallery forest, which enters into the Atlantic Forest belt, especially in Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Here P. lambertii approaches the Atlantic coast and may also occur, with or without P. sellowii, in the drier types of Atlantic Forest. Podocarpus lambertii is also found in rocky areas where rain run-off may provide sufficient moisture. Its small, narrow leaves are adapted to periods of drought. Few data are available indicating altitude: some collections were made from 900 m to 1,800 m a.s.l.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: No commercial uses have been recorded for this small tree, of which the timber has not much value. It may be used locally for fence posts and most likely for firewood.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In some parts of its range deforestation may have had negative impact on this species, but it occurs mostly in non-forest habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species has a limited distribution within protected areas such as Parque Estadual do Podocarpus in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. The state government declares that the park was created "to protect forested areas where the Podocarpus lambertii  is found".

Citation: Farjon, A. 2013. Podocarpus lambertii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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