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For other plant species also known as tōtara, see List of plants known as tōtara.
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Podocarpus laetus
Podocarpus cunninghamii 12.JPG
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus:
Podocarpus
Species:
laetus
Synonyms
  • Podocarpus hallii
  • Podocarpus cunninghamii

Podocarpus laetus is a species of conifer in the family Podocarpaceae, commonly known as Hall's tōtara, mountain tōtara or thin-barked tōtara. Previously known as Podocarpus hallii and Podocarpus cunninghamii, in 2015 it was realised that the much earlier name P. laetus has priority. Its common name results from the species being named after J. W. Hall, a New Zealand pharmacist.

It is found only in New Zealand. It can be found growing in both montane and subalpine forests but less common in lowland forests.

Podocarpus hallii Hinewai NZ
Hall's totara, Hinewai, New Zealand
Podocarpus cunninghamii 11
Hall's totara foliage
Podocarpus cunninghamii 13
Hall's totara bark is thin and flaky compared to that of P. totara

P. laetus is distinguished from the more widely known lowland tōtara by its thinner bark, longer juvenile leaves and distribution at higher altitudes.

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