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Wollemia nobilis (Wollemi pine)

The Wollemi pine was known only from fossils until 1994 when it was found growing in a rainforest gorge in Australia.
Leaves and the growing tip of a Wollemi pine covered in white resin

The growing tip of a Wollemi pine is covered in white resin.

Species information

Scientific name: 

Wollemia nobilis

Common name: 

Wollemi pine

Conservation status: 

Rated as Critically Endangered (CR) according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Inhabits deep sandstone gorges were there is warm, temperate rainforest vegetation.

Key Uses: 

Since it was rediscovered, Wollemia nobilis has become a prized ornamental subject.

Known hazards: 

None recorded.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Order: 
Pinales
Family: 
Araucariaceae
Genus: Wollemia

About this species

Wollemia nobilis (Wollemi pine) has been dubbed a 'living fossil' as it represents the only remaining member of an ancient genus dating back to the time of the dinosaurs, over 65 million years ago. This fascinating tree was only discovered in 1994, causing great excitement in the botanical and horticultural worlds.

Genus: 
Wollemia

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