Originally assigned the botanical name Podocarpus gracilior, the fern pine has recently been reclassified as Afrocarpus gracilior by some botanists. Only a half dozen species have been described for the new genus, Afrocarpus. The fern pine is still generally sold under the name of Podocarpus gracilior, and most literature likewise refers to it by the well-known former scientific name.The fern pine produces clusters of slender light green leaves that darken as they mature. The evergreen leaves are irregularly spaced and grow up to four inches in length at maturity. The flowers of this species are yellow and not conspicuous. Instead of producing a cone, small fleshy fruit is produced, containing a single seed. The berry-like fruits are green in color, turning to yellow as they ripen.