One of the oldest known tree species in the world, the Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis) was recently discovered alive and well in a deep, impenetrable gorge, west of Sydney, Australia.
Despite having outlived ice ages and bush fires, less than 100 mature trees now exist in the wild and their location remains a closely guarded secret. In 1994 this astonishing find became the focus of extensive research to aid its conservation. A propagation programme was developed to prevent the original trees being threatened by plant collectors. Kew is active in aiding the conservation and horticultural potential of this tree. From late 2005 you will be able to buy your own Wollemi pine and help directly fund its conservation.
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Search Kew's electronic Plant Information Centre for scientific information about Wollemia nobilis
Find out more: www.wollemipine.com