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Lagarostrobos franklinii (Huon pine)

Huon pine is a slow-growing Australian tree, some individuals of which are thought to be over 2,200 years old.
Huon pine on the edge of a river

A lone specimen of Lagarastrobos franklinii along the King River, Tasmania.

Species information

Scientific name: 

Lagarostrobos franklinii (Hook.f.) Quinn

Common name: 

Huon pine, Macquarie pine

Conservation status: 

Not considered to be threatened; it occurs mainly within protected areas.

Habitat: 

Usually along river systems; occasionally on wet hill sides in temperate rainforest.

Key Uses: 

Timber, wood crafts, essential oil.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Order: 
Pinales
Family: 
Podocarpaceae
Genus: Lagarostrobos

About this species

Contrary to its common name, Huon pine is not a member of the true pine family (Pinaceae) but instead belongs to the Podocarpaceae. The generic name Lagarostrobos comes from the Greek words for narrow (lagaros) and cone (strobilos), whilst the specific epithet franklinii commemorates Sir John Franklin, the Arctic explorer, who was Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) from 1837-1843. Huon pine takes its common name from the Huon River in Tasmania, along which it grows.

This slow-growing tree has lax, open seed cones and buoyant seeds, which allow it to disperse along watercourses. Some living trees have been estimated (by boring into the trunk and counting rings) to be over 2,200 years old. Huon pine reproduces not only by seed, but also vegetatively (by layering and suckering), allowing unique genetic individuals to persist for an extremely long time.

Synonym: 

Dacrydium franklinii

Genus: 
Lagarostrobos

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