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Wollemia nobilis

Discovered in 1994 by David Noble, a New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service officer, who took a specimen of the tree to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah for identification.

When it was realised that this was a new species, a concerted effort was made to develop a significant supply of commercially available plants for the public. The aim of this program was to discourage the threat of illegal collection, increase the enthusiasm for Australian horticultural products and raise royalties for the conservation of this species and other endangered plants in New South Wales.

Since 1994 Royal Botanic Gardens staff have carried out research concerning its taxonomy, horticulture and ecology.

Common nameWollemi pine
Scientific nameWollemia nobilis W.R.Jones et al.

Genus: After Wollemi National Park where it occurs.

Species: After David Noble who discovered the species.

DistributionAn extremely rare species which is restricted to the Wollemi National Park, north-west of Sydney, New South Wales.
Native habitatRainforest gorges.
DescriptionTree to 40 m high.
Location in gardenThe best specimen is in Bed 249 near Melaleuca House Cafe. Other plantings are in Beds 0, 1 and 4 in the Connections Garden and in the Wollemi Walk of Discovery on Sundial Hill.
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