Humboldt's araucaria (Silba 1986).
"A tree 6-15 m tall, with a candelabra-like crown. Bark exfoliating in quadrangular scales or in thin strips, bright brown turning gray. Branches somewhat in one plane, in a V-like pattern, 8-10 mm. in diameter. Juvenile leaves scale-like, triangular, 2.5-4 mm. long by 2-3 mm. wide, apex incurved. Adult leaves scale-like, midrib prominent, keeled, ovate, apex acuminate and incurved, 5-6 mm. long by 4-5 mm. wide. Male cone cylindrical, to 6 cm. long by 15 mm. wide, twisted, microsporophylls triangular, pollen sacs 6. Female cone subglobose, 9 cm. long by 8 cm. wide; bracts erect to 6 mm. long. Seed to 3 cm. long with a broad nut and with broad wings. Germination epigeal" (Silba 1986).
The IUCN reports that the species is facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild due to a limited and severely fragmented distribution combined with ongoing decline in extent of habitat, number of subpopulations, and number of mature individuals.
Association Endemia, a site devoted to New Caledonian species. Has excellent photos, a range map, and other information. In French.
Last Modified 2012-11-23