Thought to have been extinct for 2 million years, Wollemia nobilis
was discovered less than 160km from Sydney, in 1994. With less than
40 known adult specimens, it is said to be the world's rarest tree.
trees grow up to 35 metres tall, have fern-like leaves, bark resembling
bubbling chocolate, & shed entire branches rather than individual
leaves. They are single-sex, show no variation in DNA, & seem to
- Wollemi Pine Home Page
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Includes information on where to
see these "living fossils".
- Threatened Species Network
- Wollemi Pine fact sheet.
- Threatened species conservation - Recovery planning
- National Parks & Wildlife Service
- Australia's own living fossil - The Wollemi Pine from 50 million years ago
- Geology One article about our "Jurassic tree".
- The Wollemi Pine - A Folk History
- By a local writer.
- Horticultural Digest
- Short article.
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- Creation Science Association of Alberta
- In the Wild
- Forget it. The exact location of the 38 adult trees & approximately
130 seedlings is one of the best-kept secrets in
- In Captivity
- See Wollemi Pine Home Page
- Birkdale Wholesale Nursery
- Contracted to breed the Wollemi Pine for commercial
distribution. Normal & prostrate forms are being bred.
- All I want is a Wollemi for Christmas
- A dwarf version for a Christmas tree? Qld Dept. of Primary
Wollemi National Park covers 500,000 ha of some of the most
rugged & inaccessible terrain in mainland Australia. The
sandstone massif is criss-crossed by gorges & canyons, some only a
few metres wide & hundreds of metres deep. The pines grow in
the warm temperate rainforest environment of deep canyons where the
soil, although still of very poor quality, tends to remain damp. Three
stands of the trees have been found, in close proximity to each