Characteristics of Sea Teak Tree (Podocarpus polystachyus) in the Wild

Podocarpus polystachyus
Sea Teak is a plant species in the Podocarpaceae family, native to southern Asia and Oceania.

This tree grows in the coastal areas of Southeast Asia and, especially in Papua, Indonesia. Sea Teak is one of the few conifers that can grow in mangroves, on coasts, or between coral and rocks. In Indonesia, this tree is known as Kayu Keramat.


Characteristics of Sea Teak Leaf

Podocarpus polystachyus Leaf
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Podocarpus polystachyus Flower
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The leaves are 6-13 cm long and 3-10 cm wide in young trees, and ovisation in older trees.


Characteristics of Sea Teak Fruit

Podocarpus polystachyus Fruit
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The male tree has slightly yellowish cones and produces whitish pollen. Meanwhile, the female tree has a very varied fruit.


Characteristics of Sea Teak Tree

Podocarpus polystachyus Tree
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Sea Teak can grow as a medium-sized tree with a height of 17-20 meters, the bark is reddish-brown in color.

The wood of this species is often exploited and the trees are widely planted as ornamental gardens.

The Sea Teak tree can also be used as a bonsai subject as do most species of the Podocarpus genus, including the Buddhist Pine (Podocarpus macrophyllus) and Breede River Yellowwood (Podocarpus elongatus).

Sea Teak Tree (Podocarpus polystachyus) is now included in the list of endangered species. That means anyone is forbidden to take this tree from the wild. Cultivation is very necessary to maintain its existence.


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