The story of the Wollemi Pine has to be one of the most amazing imaginable. Up until 1994 it was only known to have existed by finding fossils.
Then the staggering news was announced to the world that they had discovered about 100 of these trees growing in a very secluded spot of the Wollemi State Park in New South Wales, Australia.
ONLY 40 of those found were adult trees. Imagine such a find and it is less than 200 kilometres from the centre of Sydney. See my Wollemi Pine photos here.
Even up to today its exact location is a secret known only to a select few. These few trees have survived millions of years, bush fires, human invasion, droughts, pests and goodness knows what else. It’s almost impossible to believe they could have survived in such a small location for so long.
Their discovery is likened to finding an actual dinosaur roaming the earth today; in fact it is also known as the dinosaur tree. It’s from the araucaria family and is actually a conifer.
I had only seen photos and news footage but on March 17th 2006 I actually got the opportunity to see one for myself. I have purchased one and will take delivery any day now, you can see my official Certificate of Authenticity here.
They appear to be
· Quite tall and majestic. It can grow to about 35 meters when fully grown.
· They say it is also hardy and capable of surviving in a range of temperatures from five to 45 degrees Celsius.
· The trunk grows up to one meter in diameter.
· As soon as you see this tree you instantly recognize that you have not
seen one like it before, it is very different and striking in its appearance.
has been a massive operation involving many different people to get to
this stage where it can soon be released in the thousands to the general
public. The fervent hope is that by allowing more people to grow this critically engendered plant it will stand a much stronger chance of survival.
The international launch of this most famous tree was held by Sotherby's Auction House in October 2005 where the sale of 292 trees raised over One Million Dollars!
They went on the open market here in Australia in April 2006 for the very first time.
I did get one the week they became available.
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