Accepted name: Pherosphaera fitzgeraldii
A low, densely branched shrub to 2 m tall with slender drooping branchlets. Leaves scale-like, 2.5-3.5 mm long, ridged, tips incurved, the inner surface white and the base extending down the stem. Male and female cones small, solitary, terminal. Male cones purplish, to 6 mm long. Female cones 3-5 mm long, woody. Grows naturally in the spray zone at the base of waterfalls or in moist caves in the Katoomba to Wentworth Falls area of the Blue Mts where it is a threatened species in the wild. Rarely grown ornamentally but occasionally offered in the nursery trade as a botanical novelty.
NSW (Blue Mts).
NSW: Jervis Bay (Bot. Gds); Mt Tomah (Bot. Gds); Sydney (Royal Bot. Gds). ACT: Australian National Bot. Gds. VIC: Dandenongs ('Pirianda' bog garden); Geelong (Bot. Gds); Melbourne (Royal Bot. Gds, 5-ways rockery ptd c. 1981).
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.