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125 species in six genera are found mostly in the southern hemisphere extending north to Japan, central America and the West Indies.

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Dacrydium cupressinum Sol. ex Lamb.
[syn. Thalamia cupressina Spreng.]
Red Pine, Rimu

The wood of this useful New Zealand timber tree is irritating to the nose (Cleland 1925).

Podocarpus macrophyllus Sweet
[syns Margbensonia macrophylla A.V.Bobrov & Melikyan, Nageia macrophylla F.Muell., Taxus macrophylla Thunb.]
Buddhist Pine

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Podocarpus milanjianus Rendle var. gracilior
Yellow Wood

The wood of this species produced allergic contact dermatitis in wood-workers and also conjunctivitis and rhinitis (Piorkowski 1944). Positive patch test reactions were observed to an ether alcohol extract of the wood.


  • Cleland JB (1925) Plants, including fungi, poisonous or otherwise injurious to man in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia ii(15): 443-451 [doi] [doi-2] [url] [url-2]
  • Piorkowski, F.O. (1944) Woodworkers' dermatitis in East Africa. East Afric. Med. J. 21: 60.
  • [ + 1 further reference not yet included in database]

Richard J. Schmidt

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