132646 Prince Albert’s Yew Saxegothaea conspicua (Podocarpaceae) HEIGHT to 18m. Often resembles a large yew, with a strong ribbed bole. BARK Reddish or purple-brown bark, peeling off in rounded scales. LEAVES Flattened, curved needles up to 3cm long, arranged untidily on the shoot. Tinged purple at first, becoming greener later. Note two pale bands on underside. Crushed leaves have a smell of grass. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Male flowers are purplish, growing in leaf axils on undersides of shoots. Female flowers are small and blue-grey, and give rise to tiny greenish conelets that are borne at tips of shoots. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of forests of S Chile and Argentina, preferring damp, sheltered sites. Best specimens outside native area are found in Ireland and SW England.