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Podocarpus matudae

Podocarpus matudae

About the plant

Podocarpus matudae is native to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

  • Vulnerable

    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
  • Material
    Plant provides materials for manufacturing either fibre or timber
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Facts

  • Red or purple receptacles
  • Named for Eizi Matuda, a Mexican botanist of Japanese origin
  • Prized for its wood
  • Harvested illegally

Prized for its wood

The finely grained yellow wood of this tree makes it high valuable for building and construction purposes.

But it is not suitable for timber farming. The best timber trees should grow quickly and close together. P. matudae is slow growing so can only be harvested sustainably at very long rotations. Populations are naturally scattered.

The receptacles (fleshy structure under the seed) are brightly coloured and attract birds, who distribute the seed far and wide. P. matudae likes to grow mixed in with other tree types, alongside broadleaved species like oaks, alders and magnolias.

One of the world’s most vulnerable conifers
  • Vulnerable

    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
  • Material
    Plant provides materials for manufacturing either fibre or timber
  • Click on icon to reveal more