Tanekaha

Phyllocladus trichomanoides

''Phyllocladus trichomanoides'' is a podocarp, a coniferous tree native to New Zealand.

Tanekaha is a medium-sized forest tree growing up to 20 m in height and 1 m trunk diameter. The main structural shoots are green for 2–3 years, then turn brown as the bark thickens. The leaves are sparse, tiny, scale-like, 2–3 mm long, and only green for a short time, soon turning brown.

Most photosynthesis is performed by highly modified, leaf-like short shoots called ''phylloclades''; these are arranged alternately, 10-15 on a shoot, the individual phylloclades rhombic, 1.5-2.5 cm long. The seed cones are berry-like, with a fleshy white aril surrounding but not fully enclosing the single seed.
Celery pine (Phyllocladus trichomanoides) Tawharanui Reserve, New Zealand. 27 Dec 2016. Geotagged,New Zealand,Phyllocladus trichomanoides,Summer,Tanekaha,Winter

Uses

Like the Kauri, Tanekaha shed their lower branches, producing smooth straight trunks and knot-free timber which is sought after for its strength.

The bark is rich in tannin, from which Māori extracted a red dye.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionPinophyta
ClassPinopsida
OrderPinales
FamilyPodocarpaceae
GenusPhyllocladus
SpeciesP. trichomanoides
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New Zealand