Botanical name. Podocarpus is derived from two Greek words pous= foot, and karpos= fruit, referring to the fleshy fruit stems. The species name lawrencei commemorates Robert William Lawrence (18071833), a botanical collector.
Habitat. Rocky sites in subalpine to alpine vegetation at an altitude of 10001800 m above sea level.
Features. Mountain Plum Pines grow to 8 m, live up to 460 years
and grow very slowly (0.25 to 4.40 mm in diameter each year). The male
and female cones are found on separate plants and birds help disperse the
Aboriginal use. Unlike Podocarpus elatus, the fruits from the Mountain Plum Pine were not eaten due to the toxins they contain.