Podocarpus acutifolius


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Podocarpus acutifolius
Species Authority: Kirk
Common Name(s):
English Westland Totara, Needle-leaved Totara
Taxonomic Notes: Natural hybrids occur between this species and P. nivalis and possibly also P. hallii (Cassie 1954).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-02-16
Assessor(s): Farjon, A.
Reviewer(s): Thomas, P. & Mill, R.
Although the extent of occurrence and area of occupancy fall within the thresholds for listing as Vulnerable, there are no recorded current threats. Decline, if it has happened in the past, has halted with legal protection now provided to all native forest. This species grows mainly in non-forest environments.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to New Zealand: South Island (Marlborough Sounds to S Westland).
New Zealand (South Is.)
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Population [top]

Population: Often forming dense thickets along active and passive river channels.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Podocarpus acutifolius is a shrub or bushy tree occurring in lowland to montane forest and scrub. Occurs between 300 and 1,000 m asl.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Westland Totara is rare in cultivation. An artificial hybrid between this species and the Tasmanian endemic P. lawrencei has been raised (Murray et al. 2002).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No specific threats have been recorded for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in several protected areas.

Citation: Farjon, A. 2013. Podocarpus acutifolius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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