Latin lepidus - graceful, thamnus - bush or shrub.
Plants mostly unisexual. Female cones with 3-5 bracts which become pink or red and fleshy when mature. Seeds 1 or 2, produced in the second year from axillary, erect ovules.
Formerly placed in Dacrydium this genus differs in having erect seeds that are not flattened or ridged but have a hooked extension at the tip, also in chemical and anatomical features.
3 species, 2 from New Zealand and 1 from S Chile.
Source: (1995). Podocarpaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.