Agathis ovata

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Agathis ovata
Agathis ovata - Atlanta Botanical Garden.JPG
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Araucariaceae
Genus: Agathis
Species: A. ovata
Binomial name
Agathis ovata
Moore ex Vieill. Warb.

Agathis ovata is a species of conifer, genus Agathis in the Araucariaceae family. It is found only on the southwest Pacific island of New Caledonia. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Habitat[edit]

Agathis ovata, also known as Mountain Kauri, is found only in New Caledonia on montane scrubland or in forests, although it requires a high level of rainfall so is generally restricted to between 150-1000 metres. Agathis were once found worldwide, although species such as this are now becoming very restricted. Other members of this family, Araucariaceae, include Hoop Pine (Araucaria cunninghamii), Queensland Kauri (Agathis robusta) and Cook Pine (Araucaria columnaris), of which the former two are found in rainforests and the latter in coastal forests of New Caledonia. Although these trees are at no risk, Agathis ovata is at a high risk of extinction from logging of tall forest trees and mining activities which clear its habitat.

Description[edit]

It is a medium tree, growing to 25 metres tall with a straight trunk in forests, although on the scrubland where it is more common it is a large shrub or small tree, branching from the base upwards with a broad, flat, crown and 1-8 metres tall. The bark has deep fissures, and is normally whitish-tan on the outside and red-brown on the underside.

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