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Malesia

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Malesia is the region in tropical SE Asia and includes Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Singapore. Conifer diversity in Malesia is substantial with 80 species. The family Podocarpaceae is by far the most diverse family in Malesia, with seven genera (7/13) and 65 species (65/80). The three genera Podocarpus (31 species), Dacrydium (15 species) and Dacrycarpus (9 species) make up 85% of species in the family. The remainder is five species in Falcatifolium, three species in Nageia, one species in Retrophyllum and one species in Sundacarpus. Six species of the genus Podocarpus in Malesia are either of uncertain distinction or insufficiently known to map with confidence. These species are listed in the chapter. The genus Dacrydium (Podocarpaceae) has 22 species of which 15 occur in Malesia. The genus Dacrycarpus (Podocarpaceae) has nine species, of which seven occur in Malesia.

Keywords:conifer diversity; Dacrycarpus; Dacrydium; Malesia; Podocarpus

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