Lepidothamnus laxifolius (Hook.f.) Quinn

New Zealand Pygmy Pine

A prostrate to slightly erect shrub with branches to 1 m or more long. Juvenile leaves spreading, narrow, pointed, curved 0.5-1.2 cm long and grading into adult leaves Adult leaves scale-like, 1-2 mm long. Seed c. 3 mm long with a curved tip.

Rarely cultivated but occasionally offered in nursery trade as a botanical novelty.

This is the smallest of all conifers with fruiting specimens sometimes measuring less than 10 cm long. 

New Zealand. Grows naturally in montane and subalpine moorland and scrub at altitude c. 800-1200 m.

Extremely small habit; hooked seed.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Podocarpaceae. In: Spencer, R.. 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.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Pinopsida
order     Pinales
family      Podocarpaceae
genus       Lepidothamnus Phil.