Podocarpus gracilior (Afrocarpus elongatus). FERN PODOCARPUS. East Africa
Specimens can be seen on Dueña Street. A giant is left of the Bechtel International Center entrance and another is at 817 Pine Hill Road. It is the street tree at 752 Tolman Drive and nearby. In Palo Alto, large handsome specimens are at 1106 and 1181 Hamilton Avenue and at 1543 Walnut Drive. The popular name fern pine is well established but I cannot bring myself to use it. An alternative name Afrocarpus elongatus dates back to 1974.
Name derivation, genus | species Greek podos (foot) and karpos (seed), referring--it is claimed--to the fleshy stalk on which the seeds are borne | gracefulRelated material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library