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Pseudopanax

Pseudopanax spp.

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Overview

A genus of plants in the Araliaceae family, mostly endemic to New Zealand where they are found in forest or scrub habitats. They often have a distinct juvenile and adult phase of leaf development and are commonly known as lancewoods after the striking juvenile narrow, toothed and downward pointing leaves that almost completely disappear as the plants mature. In cultivation they require mild, moist conditions without extremes of temperatures, so are not usually grown outside of New Zealand. Cultivars with variegated leaves have been developed.