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Conservation status 2010: protocol 2.3, needs updating

Pherosphaera hookeriana

W. Archer bis ex Hooker 1850

Common names

Drooping pine (DPIW 2009).

Taxonomic notes

Syn: Dacrydium hookeriana (W. Archer bis) Eichl. 1887, and several invalidly published names: Microstrobos hookeriana (W. Archer bis) S. Archang. & G. Del Fueyo 1989, Microstrobos niphophilus J. Garden & L.A.S. Johnson 1951, Pherosphaera niphophila (J. Garden & L.A.S. Johnson) Florin 1956 (Brummitt et al. 2004). Type location Lake St. Clair, Tasmania, where collected by R.C. Gunn on 1841.01.07 (Hill 1998).


Shrubs to 2.5 m tall, densely branched. Branches short and stiff. Leaves up to 1.5 mm long and 1 mm wide. Seeds c. 1 mm diameter. Other characters as for the genus (Hill 1998).

Distribution and Ecology

Australia: Tasmania, Mt. Field National Park; scattered elsewhere, locally abundant at mesic sites in subalpine areas in the west, southwest and on the central plateau, usually at elevations above 1000 m (Hill 1998). Based on data from 26 collection localities, its climate preferences include a mean annual temperature of 7.5°C, with an average minimum in the coldest month of 0.1°C, and a mean annual precipitation of 1613 mm (Biffin et al. 2011, Table S5). Hardy to Zone 8 (cold hardiness limit between -12.1°C and -6.7°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001).

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Collections are reported from Lake St. Clair and Eagle Tarn.



Brown, M.J., J.B. Kirkpatrick and A. Moscal. 1983. An atlas of Tasmania's endemic flora. Tasmania Conservation Trust, 102, Bathurst Street, Hobart 7000, Tasmania. 110 pp. ISBN 0959981683.

Garden, J. and L. A. S. Johnson. 1951. Microstrobos, a new name for a Podocarpaceous genus. Contr. New South Wales Natl. Herb. 1:315-317.

Hooker. 1850. Hooker's J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 2:52.

See also

Gymnosperms of New Zealand.

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