Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Pinopsida Pinales Podocarpaceae

Scientific Name: Podocarpus smithii
Species Authority: de Laub.
Taxonomic Source(s): Farjon, A. 2010. A Handbook of the World's Conifers. Koninklijke Brill, Leiden.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-06-06
Assessor(s): Farjon, A.
Reviewer(s): Thomas, P. & Mill, R.
Although Podocarpus smithii's extent of occurrence and area of occupancy fall well below the thresholds for Endangered (estimated from herbarium specimens), there is no evidence for ongoing decline. Recent collecting has turned up specimens from previously unknown and unsuspected localities and further inventories are likely to produce new localities. However, it is acknowledged that the species is rare in its habitat. Despite this, without ongoing decline being plausible, it does not meet the criteria for a threatened category and is therefore listed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1998 Lower Risk/conservation dependent (LR/cd)
1998 Rare (R)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from the Atherton Tableland and Mt. Lewis areas of northern Queensland, Australia.
Countries occurrence:
Australia (Queensland)
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2: 28
Number of Locations: 6
Lower elevation limit (metres): 900
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1200
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Population [top]

Population: Podocarpus smithii was originally described from Mt. Lewis in northern Queensland and it was believed to be restricted to that locality. Since 1985 other localities have become known in the Atherton Tableland area and further north in Queensland, but it is still considered to be a rare species occurring in small and scattered populations.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals: No
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Podocarpus smithii is a rare species occurring in a few localities in montane rainforest at elevations between 900 m and 1,200 m a.s.l. It is most often found growing along mountain creeks in acidic soils derived from granitic rock.
Systems: Terrestrial
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: No

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: No specific uses have been recorded although it may have been logged in the past as, like other members of the genus, the timber is of good quality.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

General deforestation in the area through logging and land use conversion of forested areas are likely to have reduced its area of occupancy (AOO), but it remains difficult to estimate to what extent this has taken place. As logging has largely ceased, this is no longer a serious threat. Stochastic events from nature such as major fires and cyclones could be a threat to a now much reduced and rare tree. There is little actual knowledge on how this species would react to such events in connection with competition from other trees in a pioneer phase.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: At present, native woodland in Queensland, and more particularly rare species of trees in it, are considered for protection and logging has been substantially reduced. The forest on Mt. Lewis is mostly within a protected area

Citation: Farjon, A. 2013. Podocarpus smithii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T34100A2845624. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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