Celery-top pine

Phyllocladus aspleniifolius

''Phyllocladus aspleniifolius'', commonly known as the celery-top pine, is an endemic gymnosperm of Tasmania, Australia. It is found in rainforest as a dominant, in eucalypt forest as an understorey species, and occurs occasionally as a shrub in alpine vegetation. It is confined to areas of high rainfall and low fire frequency.

It is a medium-sized evergreen coniferous tree, growing to 20 m tall . The leaves are minute, brown and scale-like, less than 1 mm long, and sparsely produced; what looks like leaves on the plant are actually modified stems called phylloclades. These phylloclades are diamond-shaped, 2–5 cm long, 1–2 cm broad and 0.5 mm thick, light yellowish green above, strongly glaucous blue-green below with stomatal wax, and with a bluntly toothed or lobed margin. The phylloclades are borne spirally on green stems; each phylloclade has a scale leaf at its base. The cones are highly modified, with several scales, each scale berry-like with a red and white aril and a single seed.

The scientific name is commonly spelled ''asplenifolius'', but under the ICBN, this is an orthographic error to be corrected. It derives from the superficial similarity of the phylloclades to the fronds of some species of ''Asplenium'' ferns.

The species is abundant in the many protected forests of Tasmania as well as in exploited forests with management that allows the persistence of native trees. Its extent of occurrence and area of occupancy are well beyond the thresholds for a threatened category on the IUCN Red List and it is therefore assessed as Least Concern.
Celery-top pine, Phyllocladus aspleniifolius This is not a leaf.
This is not a phyllode (flattened petiole)
It is a flattened twig.   Australia,Geotagged,Phyllocladus aspleniifolius,Summer

Uses

The wood of this species is highly prized by fine furniture makers and wooden boat builders. Logging and especially clear-cutting with conversion of native mixed forests to plantations or other forms of land use have reduced the area of occupancy but this species is still very common and widespread.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionPinophyta
ClassPinopsida
OrderPinales
FamilyPodocarpaceae
GenusPhyllocladus
SpeciesP. aspleniifolius
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Australia