Herb: Miro

Latin name: Prumnopitys ferruginea

Synonyms: Podocarpus ferrugineus

Family: Podocarpaceae (Podocarpus Family)

Edible parts of Miro:

Fruit - raw or cooked. A resinous flavour. The fruit is about 20mm in diameter and contains one seed.

Description of the plant:


25 m
(82 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Lowland forests, North, South and Stewart Islands.

Other uses of Miro:

The plant is very tolerant of trimming and can be grown as a hedge. Wood - hard, tough. Used for furniture, construction etc.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - it can be sown at any time of the year in a sandy soil in a greenhouse. It can take 18 months to germinate. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/august in a frame. Easy. Cuttings of ripe wood with a heel in late summer.

Cultivation of Miro:

Lowland forests, North, South and Stewart Islands.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Prumnopitys ferruginea:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.