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Podocarpus nivalis (mountain or snow totara) is a species of conifer in the Podocarpaceae family. It is found only in New Zealand. It grows in the mountains and subalpine lands from 37° to the far south New Zealand about 46° South Latitude. Up to 5 m (16 ft) tall.

Podocarpus nivalis
Podocarpus nivalis - Botanischer Garten, Dresden, Germany - DSC08404.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Podocarpaceae
Genus: Podocarpus
Species: P. nivalis
Binomial name
Podocarpus nivalis

Cultivation and usesEdit

It is one of the hardiest podocarps of the Southern Hemisphere, it has withstood minus 25 °C(minus 13 °F) in the British Isles, and survives long periods under snow in its native habitat, close to the bush line in NZ's high mountains. It needs high rainfall to grow well.

References and external linksEdit


  1. ^ Farjon, A. (2013). "Podocarpus nivalis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013: e.T42522A2984790. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T42522A2984790.en. Retrieved 13 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Podocarpus nivalis Hook". New Zealand Organisms Register. Landcare Research New Zealand. Retrieved 15 January 2016.