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East African Yellow-wood

Afrocarpus (Podocarpus) falcatus

Podo, Podocarpus falcatus, photo © by Michael Plagens

This plant was found growing on the rim of the Elgeyo Escarpment, near Iten, Kenya. Elevation October 2010.

trunk of Podo, Podocarpus falcatus, photo © by Michael Plagens True pine trees do not occur in the southern hemispere naturally, but have been planted extensively. The podocarps are the Southern Hemispere's indigenous conifers. The female cones have just one seed enclosed in a fleshy aril. The male cones are more typical-looking but are small and fall from the tree soon after releasing their pollen. Podo, of East African Yellow-wood, is a large tree of moist highlands and has been harvested extensively for timber.

Podocarpaceae -- Podocarp Family

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possible Saturniidae cocoon on Podocarpus falcatus, photo © by Michael Plagens

This large cocoon was found in Nairobi on a branch of Podocarpus; its maker could be a moth in the Saturniidae. Many moth larvae have stinging or irritating hairs; it appears that these hairs have been incorporated into the silk and will help protect the pupa inside. March 2013.

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