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Garden Tree…
Mhow District Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Balsam fir?

Should be Araucaria sp., monkey’s puzzle…

I think Araucaria an evergreen coniferous trees

Araucaria columnaris, Family : Araucariaceae

Gymnosperms fortnight :: Araucariaceae ::Araucaria columnaris in Mumbai:: PKA17: : 1 image. 1 post by 1 author.
Araucaria columnaris from Mumbai.
Common Name: Cook Pine.

I had seen this Tree at “Mount Harriet (Near Port Blair), Andaman & Nicobar”.
Common name: Christmas Tree
Bot. name: Araucaria cookii
Family: Araucariaceae

Nice photographs …


The Cook pine, called Christmas Tree in India, is a tree native to the Cook Island, north-east of Australia in the South Pacific.
The bark of the Cook pine peels off in thin paper like sheets. Can reach 60 m in natural habit. But more commonly grown as a house-plant in pots. The relatively short, mostly horizontal branches are in whorls around the slender, upright to slightly leaning trunk.

The branches are lined with cord-like, horizontal branchlets. The branchlets are covered with small, green, incurved, point-tipped, spirally arranged, overlapping leaves. The young leaves are needle-like, while the broader adult leaves are triangular and scale-like. The female seed cones are scaly, egg-shaped, and up to 6 inches (15 cm) long. The smaller, more numerous male pollen cones are at the tips of the branchlets and are scaly, foxtail-shaped, and 2 inches (5 cm) long. The bark peels off in papery strips and is rough, gray, and resinous. The trees have a slender, spire-like crown and look like unusually tall, thin Christmas trees

Thanks for showing. Seeing it first time.


love it all, esp the resin

Attached are pictures of an Araucaris sp from a cultivated garden in Mumbai captured in November 2012.

Requested to please provide specific ID, if possible.

I think it may be Cook PineAraucaria columnaris as per this link:
Differences between Araucaria columnaris & Araucaria heterophylla

Thank you … for the link. The S shaped curvature indicates that this may be Araucaria columnaris. I shall go to the site and look for the bark indicator very soon.

The attached photo is of Araucaria heterophylla (Syn. A. excelsa)

All well known sources give A. excelsa as syn. of Araucaria columnaris.
Pl. see the following:
GRIN (Updated in 2012)

Pictures taken on 8/11/14.

The name suggests Araucaria cookii.

nice to know the history
i loved seeing the tree trunk and its bark

Araucaria columnaris (J. R. Forst.) Hook. : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Location: Lal Bagh, Bangalore, India
Altitude: 3000 ft.
Date: 29 October 2014
Habit: Cultivated


Araucaria columnaris AT/JULY2020/02 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)- around 1400 kb each.
Araucaria columnaris
Christmas Tree
Near Solan
July 2020

Gymnosperm Fortnight : For ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 111213 : AK-10 : Attachments (3).  2 posts by 1 author.

Tall tree seen at Lalbagh, Bangalore on 24/11/13.

Id please.

I hope Araucaria columnaria


GYMNOSPERMS FORTNIGHT :: Araucaria from Panipat-NS 20 : Attachments (4). 4 posts by 3 authors.
This is also very commonly planted gymnosperm..
wanted to know if species can be determined from these pics..
I have never seen any male cones on these trees but have observed female cones on huge tree at Kurukshetra University.. do not presently have pics..
Present pics are recorded from Panipat and belong to small potted trees..
Is this Araucaria columnaris ??

I thought of Araucaria heterophylla.

Pl. see:
Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide By Pradip Krishen (2006- Identifying Delhi’s Christmas tree- Araucaria columnaris & not Araucaria heterophylla).
As per this it may be  Araucaria columnaris & not Araucaria heterophylla.

Adult leaves less than 4mm long: A. columnaris
Adult leaves more than 4mm long: A. heterophylla

Araucaria heterophylla

Pl. see:
Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide By Pradip Krishen (2006- Identifying Delhi’s Christmas tree- Araucaria columnaris & not Araucaria heterophylla).
As per this it may be  Araucaria columnaris & not Araucaria heterophylla.