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Trees, rarely shrubs, gigantic with mostly whorled branched. Leaves evergreen, persistent or deciduous, stiff needle-like, arranged in 1-7 foliate fascicles. Male and female cones on the same tree. Stamens and ovuliferous scales spirally arranged round a common axis. Stamens many, anthers 2, naked, compact with very short filaments. Female strobilus with scales, much enlarged, usually numerous, accrescent. Ovules 2, collateral, bract scales also enlarged, narrow, thinner than ovuliferous scales or reduced or hidden. Fruit a woody cone. Seeds 2, mostly unilaterally winged.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Trees, up to 35 m tall, trunk straight, lower branches horizontal and drooping, upper branches pyramidal crown P. caribaea
1b. Small or moderate-sized tree, trunk spreading or rounded, branches whorled, bark reddish-brown, thick P. kesiya