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newly discovered (1994) pine thought to have been long extinct; Australia; genus and species names not yet assigned
An Australian coniferous tree in the family Araucariaceae, not a true pine.
Origin: From the region in New South Wales.
Wollemia is a genus of coniferous tree in the family Araucariaceae. Wollemia was only known through fossil records until the Australian species Wollemia nobilis was discovered in 1994 in a temperate rainforest wilderness area of the Wollemi National Park in New South Wales, in a remote series of narrow, steep-sided sandstone gorges near Lithgow, 150 kilometres north-west of Sydney. In both botanical and popular literature the tree has been almost universally dubbed the Wollemi Pine, although it is not a true pine nor a member of the pine family, but rather is related to Agathis and Araucaria in the family Araucariaceae. The oldest fossil of the Wollemi tree has been dated to 200 million years ago. The Wollemi pine is classified as Critically Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List 2002, and is legally protected in Australia. A Recovery Plan has been drawn up, outlining strategies for the management of this fragile population; the overall objective is to ensure that this species remains viable in the long-term.
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