From Bushwalk Australia
List of Tasmanian Conifers
Eleven conifers are native to Tasmania including nine that are endemic.
ε: Endemic species
|Athrotaxis cupressoides ε||Pencil Pine|
|Athrotaxis selaginoides ε||King Billy Pine|
|Athrotaxis x laxifolia ε||Hybrid Pine (King Billy X Pencil Pine)||Athrotaxis laxifolia|
|Callitris oblonga ssp. oblonga ε||South Esk pine|
|Callitris rhomboidea||Port Jackson Pine||Callitris tasmanica|
|Diselma archeri ε||Cheshunt Pine|
|Lagarostrobos franklinii ε||Huon Pine||Dacrydium franklinii|
|Microcachrys tetragona ε||Creeping Pine, Strawberry Pine||Athrotaxis tetragona|
|Pherosphaera hookeriana ε||Drooping pine (Mt. Mawson Pine)||Microstrobos niphophilus|
|Phyllocladus aspleniifolius ε||Celery Top Pine|
|Podocarpus lawrencii||Mountain Plum Pine||Podocarpus alpinus var. lawrencei|
Important: Tasmanian conifers are very fire sensitive and do not regenerate well after a fire. Care should be taken to avoid lighting fires, including camp fires, in areas where these plants occur. "Some of the largest pure stands of pencil pine have been lost due to campfires which have escaped" and "many hundreds of hectares of King Billy pine have been lost to fire in south-west and western Tasmania" (DPIW). These are not expected to regenerate.
NB: The three creeping or low growing species, Diselma archeri, Pherosphaera hookeriana, and Microcachrys tetragona, are superficially very similar and hence on casual observance are often confused one with the other.
Confirmation sources include:
- DPIW Threatened Species List.
- various Internet searches.