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Podocarpus Gracilior

Podocarpus Gracilior

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Description:

Afrocarpus falcatus (Musengera or Zigba; syn. Podocarpus gracilior) is an evergreen coniferous tree native to the Afromontane forests of Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and asia, growing at 1,800-2,400 m altitude.

It is a medium-sized tree, growing 20-40 m tall, rarely to 50 m, with a trunk diameter of 50-80 cm. The leaves are spirally arranged, lanceolate, 2-6 cm long and 3-5 mm broad on mature trees, larger, to 10 cm (4 in) long and 6 mm broad on vigorous young trees. The seed cones are highly modified, with a single 2 cm (1 in) diameter seed with a thin fleshy coating borne on a short peduncle. The mature seed is purple, and is dispersed by birds and monkeys which eat the fleshy coating. The pollen cones are solitary or in clusters of two or three on a short stem.