The collapse of global credit markets means it's time to finish blogging a series of especially odd plants from New Caledonia.
Dacrydium araucariodes is an example of one of the Southern Hemisphere's two big conifer families, the podocarps, "pretending" to be the other, the araucarias. Like other araucarias, the foliage is made of hard, rather spiky scales. They're pressed against the stem (as though imitating yet another conifer family, the cypresses) but they're unmistakably like araucarias in their stiff and rather plastic-like texture.
Especially odd are the brown tips. In texture, they look like dead foliage, but their position suggests an imitation of Araucaria pollen cones.
As with some other plants here, they are most interesting when dying, tending to be more white than brown. In dead foliage, the scales take on a mottled texture that suggest a reptilian agenda.