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Conservation status 2010: protocol 2.3, needs updating

Agathis spathulata

de Laubenfels 1988

Common names

Eastern New Guinean kauri (Silba 1986).

Taxonomic notes

Syn: A. robusta subsp. nesophila Whitm. (Silba 1986).


"A tree 25-55 m. tall, to 104 cm. in girth, with a long clear bole and with a spreading crown. Bark mottly gray-rust brown, shedding in small plates. Buds globular, 2-4 rrin. long, brown. Leaves nearly obovate to spoon-shaped, bluntly acute, dark green, glossy, mid-green to paler below, 6.8-9.5 cm. long by 1.5-2.6 cm. wide. Male strobili light green, relatively thick, to 13 mm. wide; microsporophylls relatively thin, 1-2 mm. wide. Female cone blackish- green at first, then brown, scales shiny, globose, to 7.6 cm. long by 10.2 cm. wide" (Silba 1986).

Distribution and Ecology

E New Guinea: Papua, Morobe District to New Britain, at elevations of 518-1676 m (Silba 1986).

The WCMC states that "Scattered emergents survive in small exposed groves of rainforest in the eastern highlands. Over exploitation of the timber is a threat."

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Last Modified 2012-11-23