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Wollemia Nobilis

The discovery of Wollemia Nobilis in 1994 is a fascinating story.  The thought that this tree had existed in a remote location for thousands, possibly millions of years, yet was only found by humans in 1994, is a reminder that even in this age of easy communications and transport there are still mysteries to be uncovered. The extracts below have been taken from the 'official' web site, and the reader is referred to that for the full story.

Fast Facts about the Wollemi Pine.

Claim to fame          One of the world's oldest and rarest trees

Scientific name       Wollemia nobilis

Family            Araucariaceae

Relatives       Kauri, Norfolk Island, Hoop, Bunya and Monkey Puzzle pines

When discovered   1994

Where discovered  200km west of Sydney in a rainforest gorge within the 500,000 hectare Wollemi National Park in the Blue Mountains

Discovered by         David Noble, a NSW National Parks and Wildlife Officer and avid bushwalker

Age     The Wollemi Pine belongs to the 200 million year old Araucariaceae family

Oldest known fossil           90 million years

Wild population      Less than 100 mature trees

Characteristics       Conifer with attractive, unusual dark green foliage, bubbly bark and sprouts multiple trunks

Growth habit            Fast growing in light, favours acid soils, and temperatures from -5-45°C

Size    The largest wild Wollemi Pine in the rainforest gorge is 40m tall with a main trunk of 1.2m wide

Retail Launch Date            May 2007

Conservation          Royalties from sales of the Wollemi Pine to support conservation of the Wollemi Pine and other rare and endangered plant species

Best use       Unique gift for special occasions, a stunning patio and indoor plant and feature tree for parks and large gardens