Podocarpaceae

The Caribbean Threatened Conifer Region consists of three large island groups: the Bahamas, the Lesser Antilles, and the Greater Antilles; also included in this Region is the island of Bermuda. The seasonal tropical climate of the Caribbean is moderated by the prevailing northeast trade winds. Temperatures vary between 24°C and 32°C depending on altitude and the annual precipitation ranges from 600 to 5000 m. The 18 conifer taxa in this Region are represented by the genera Juniperus, Pinus and Podocarpus; 16 taxa are globally threatened. Some juniper taxa (Juniperus barbadensis var. lucayana, J. gracilior var. ekmanii  and J. saxicola) have only one or two locations with very small populations of less than 100 individuals. In contrast Pinus occidentalis endemic to Hispaniola and P. caribaea in the Bahamas cover relatively large areas. Podocarpus coriacea has the widest distribution of any conifer species in the Region, with the rest of the podocarps occurring as endemics on a single island and confined to relatively small areas. Threats throughout the Region include deforestation, logging, fire and invasive exotic plants and pests.

 

 

 

 

Taxa in the category - Podocarpaceae:

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Acmopyle sahniana J.Buchholz & N.E.Gray

Endemic to Viti Levu, the largest island in the Republic of Fiji, where it is known from 5 localities with an estimated total population of about 200 individuals Read full species entry >

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Afrocarpus mannii (Hook.) C.N.Page

Endemic to the west central African country of São Tomé and Príncipe where it occurs on a single mountain on São Tomé. Here it is threatened by deforestation. Read full species entry >

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Afrocarpus usambarensis (Pilg.) C.N.Page

Occurs in Tanzania and Kenya where it is under severe threat from illegal logging for its extremely valuable wood; fire is also a threat. Read full species entry >

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Dacrydium comosum Corner

Only found in five localities in Peninsular Malaysia where the main threats are fire and tourism Read full species entry >

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Dacrydium gracile de Laub.

Native to Malaysia but restricted to a few locations in Sabah and Sarawak where the main threat is from selective logging. Read full species entry >

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Dacrydium guillauminii J.Buchholz

One of four species of Dacrydium endemic to New Caledonia where it has an extremely restricted distribution and is Critically Endangered due to fire, tourism and flooding. Read full species entry >

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Dacrydium leptophyllum (Wasscher) de Laub.

Only found on a single mountain in Irian Jaya in Indonesia where there are less than 1000 mature individuals Read full species entry >

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Dacrydium medium de Laub.

Native to Peninsular Malaysia and north Sumatera and threatened by fire and tourism. Read full species entry >

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