Photos of trees in habitat at the Association Endemia website.
Kaori rouge, Corbasson kauri.
Farjon (2010) places this species into synonymy with Agathis moorei, contending that the two taxa have overlapping traits. On the other hand, Whitmore (1980) states "this species belongs to the major group of eight species which have the microsporophyll head rounded to spatulate. Thus it is abundantly distinct from A. moorei with which it was formerly confused, and that differs also in ecology." There has been one analysis using molecular methods, which placed A. moorei and A. corbassonii on different branches within the Agathis clade (Leslie et al. 2012); nonetheless, further molecular analysis would be desirable.
Tree. Bark tan to red-brown, resinous, scaly. Juvenile leaves lanceolate, 10-11 cm long by 1.6-2 cm wide. Buds yellowish, 4 mm long, scales finely denticulate. Adult leaves linear, willow-like, oval, obtuse, 45-70 mm long by 6-11 mm wide, glaucous below, with a long petiole. Male cones cylindrical, 25-50 mm long by 6-10 mm wide; microsporophylls strongly imbricate, edges serrulate; anthers 4. Female cone obovate, to 10 cm long, with broad, round scales without a lip or umbo. Seeds with an oblong nut 15 mm long by 10 mm wide, one wing short and one oval to 20 mm long by 15 mm wide (Silba 1986).
New Caledonia: N and C areas, type near Me Aoui, 300-700 m (Silba 1986).
The WCMC found that "this species is scattered in areas of lowland moist forest on non-ultramafic substrates. It is exploited for its timber, most heavily at a local level."
Commonly 40 m tall (Silba 1986).
Laubenfels, D.J. de. 1969. Trav. Lab. Forest. Toulouse 1, 8(5):2.
Association Endemia, a site devoted to New Caledonian species. Has excellent photos, a range map, and other information. In French.
Last Modified 2016-02-15