Araucaria cunninghamii var. papuana
New Guinea hoop pine (Silba 1986).
Syn: A. beccarii Warb. 1900 (Farjon 1998). There is some question whether this taxon is particularly closely related to A. cunninghamii; it may in actuality prove to be a species in its own right, but resolution of this question awaits further study.
"A tree 22-60 m. tall, to 1 m. in girth, with symmetrical branches. Bark peeling off in thin rolls. Leaves acute, 1 cm. long by 2.5 mm. wide, keeled on both faces, apex recurved and spine-tipped. Male cone relatively short, 2.5 cm. long by 0.5 cm. wide. Female cone to 11 cm. long, bracts black and longer. Seeds shorter and broader with larger wings, nut 8 mm. wide, wing 10 mm. wide, entire seed 2.5 cm. long by 3.5 cm. wide" (Silba 1986).
W New Guinea: Papua New Guinea westwards, 610-2400 m (Silba 1986). It often occurs in conjunction with A. hunsteinii. Compared to A. hunsteinii, A. cunninghamii has a dispersed regeneration pattern beneath a closed canopy (rather than relying on gap-phase regeneration) and typically occurs on wetter, less nutrient-rich sites, despite which it maintains higher productivity (Enright 1982a, 1982b).
"In the Owen Stanley Mountains [of Papua New Guinea] a National Park shared between several Provinces (Central, Oro and Milne Bay) should be established. It should include the high altitude areas of the Owen Stanley Ranges, in particular Mts. Albert Edward, Tafa, Scratchley, Obree, Victory (local name: Kerorova), Dayman, and Suckling. The area is of exceptional biological interest with a great variety of plant and animal species. For example ... because of its natural stands of Hoop and Klinkii pine trees. In conclusion there are strong reasons to propose the Owen Stanley Ranges for World Heritage Area listing" (Filer 1991).
See also: the "Remarks" section of A. hunsteinii.
Enright, N.J. 1982a. The ecology of Araucaria species in New Guinea. I. Ordination Studies of Forest Types and Environments. Australian Journal of Ecology 7(1):23-38.
Enright, N.J. 1982b. The ecology of Araucaria species in New Guinea. III. Population dynamics of sample stands. Australian Journal of Ecology 7(3):227-237.
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