Araucaria araucana (Molina) K.Koch, Dendrologie 2(2): 206 1873. (Syn: Abies araucana (Molina) Poir.; Abies columbaria Desf.; Araucaria araucana subsp. conguillioensis Silba; Araucaria chilensis Mirb. [Illegitimate]; Araucaria dombeyi A.Rich.; Araucaria imbricata Pav.; Araucaria imbricata var. variegata Gordon; Columbea imbricata (Pav.) Carrière …….; Columbea quadrifaria Salisb. [Illegitimate]; Dombeya araucana (Molina) Raeusch.; Dombeya chilensis Lam. [Illegitimate]; Pinus araucana Molina);
Araucaria araucana is the hardiest species in the conifer genus Araucaria. Because of the great age of this species it is sometimes described as a living fossil. Its conservation status was enhanced to Endangered by the IUCN in 2013 due to its declining abundance.
It is the national tree of Chile.
The leaves are thick, tough and scale-like, triangular, 3–4 cm long, 1–3 cm broad at the base, and with sharp edges and tip. They persist for 10–15 years or more, so cover most of the tree except for the older branches.
It is usually dioecious, with the male and female cones on separate trees, though occasional individuals bear cones of both sexes. The male (pollen) cones are oblong and cucumber-shaped, 4 cm long at first, expanding to 8–12 cm long by 5–6 cm broad at pollen release. The tree is wind pollinated. The female (seed) cones, which mature in autumn about 18 months after pollination, are globose, large, 12–20 cm diameter, and hold about 200 seeds. The cones disintegrate at maturity to release the 3–4 cm long nut-like seeds.
(From Wikipedia on 17.12.13)
Gymnosperms Fortnight: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew 1 : Attachments (1). 4 posts by 3 authors.
A Gymnospermae ca 5 m tall. ID is requested.
It seems to be Cunninghamia lanceolata but better picture with habit and female cone is required
Looks like monkey puzzle tree Araucaria araucana
Gymnosperm Fortnight : For ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 111213 : AK-8 : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 2 authors.
Seen at Lalbagh, Bangalore on 24/11/13.
Looks like monkey puzzle tree Araucaria araucana ?