Araucaria cunninghamii —Hoop Pine—ARAUCARIACEAE

Araucaria cunninghamii

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Habitat—In warmer rainforest, often as emergents.

Distribution—North from Nambucca River in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Tree to 50 m high with stem to 1.5 m diam.; bark dark grayish brown, horizontally wrinkled; leaves clustered at the end of branches

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Tuncurry Flora Park and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Curved, keeled, ± erect, mostly 0.5 to 1 cm long, loosely imbricate; juvenile leaves needle—like, flattened, mostly 1 to 2 cm long, ± at right angles to the branches

Araucaria cunninghamii

Fruit—Male cones cylindrical, to 5 cm long, terminal, solitary. Female cones ovoid, c. 10 cm long on long peduncles, the cone scales samara—like, thinly winged, indehiscent, the seed retained on the scale at shedding; cones green, turning brown at maturity.

Ripe.—Seeds shed in summer.

Araucaria cunninghamii