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Podocarpus henkelii

Henkel’s yellowwood

About the plant

Podocarpus henkelii is found in South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, KwaZulu-Natal), Malawi, eastern Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The largest populations are found between Mt Ayliff, Kokstad and Harding, South Africa.

  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
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Facts

  • Grows to 20–30m tall
  • Straight-stemmed in the wild
  • Produces male and female cones

What’s in a name?

It’s named for Dr JS Henkel (1871–1962) a conservator for forests in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and later director of forestry in Zimbabwe.

The genus name is derived from Greek words podos a foot and karpos a fruit, referring to the fleshy fruit-stalks in some species.


Dioecious conifers

Like all members of its genus it is a dioecious conifer. This means it has male and female reproductive organs on separate plants. While this helps avoid inbreeding it creates challenges when populations fragment, male and female plants are then too far apart to reproduce.

Its trunk can be over one metre in diameter
  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
  • Click on icon to reveal more