Coral reef araucaria (Silba 1986).
Syn: A. cookii R. Brown (Silba 1986).
"A narrowly conical tree to 60 m. tall. Trunk clear, then later with numerous short shoots. Bark gray, papery, exfoliating in thin strips. Branchlets cord-like, growing in one plane, 9-10 mm. In diameter. Juvenile leaves needle-like, imbricate, lanceolate, 4-7 mm. long by 2-3 mm. wide, apex incurved. Adult leaves scale-like imbricate, triangular, acuminate, obtuse, midrib faint, 5-7 mm. long by 3-5 mm. wide, apex incurved. Male cone oblong-cylindrical, 5-10 cm. long by 15-22 mm. wide; scales triangular, finely teethed, pollen sacs 10; microsporophylls cuspidate. Female cone 10-15 cm. long by 7-11 cm. wide, with short bracts to 7 mm. long. Seeds 3-3.5 cm. long, nut ovate, wings broadly rounded. Germination epigeal" (Silba 1986).
S New Caledonia: Ouinne to Prony & Isle of Pines, 0-50 m (Silba 1986), and Loyalty Islands (Schmid 1981). Zone 10 (cold hardiness limit between -1°C and +4.4°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001). In my experience, it is also among the most common ornamental Araucarias encountered in climates - such as Hawaii, New Zealand's north island, Queensland, southern California and Mexico - that are warm enough to support it.
The IUCN reports that the population status is stable.
There is a specimen growing as an ornamental at the Tedeschi Winery in Ulupalakua on Maui, Hawaii, that is 48.8 m tall with a dbh of 120 cm (Robert Van Pelt e-mail 1998.03.18).
Have only found one study, exploring its use as a lead indicator (Medeiros et al. 2008).
Medeiros, J.G.S., M. Tomazello, F.J. Krug and A.E.S. Vives. 2008. Tree-ring characterization of Araucaria columnaris Hook and its applicability as a lead indicator in environmental monitoring. Dendrochronologia 26(3):165-171.
Association Endemia, a site devoted to New Caledonian species. Has excellent photos, a range map, and other information. In French.
The PROTA database account for this species (accessed 2015.02.01). PROTA accounts are focused on commercial forest uses in Africa, and typically include photographs, drawings, names, distribution, and a variety of information relevant to management of the species.
Last Modified 2015-02-01