Araucaria humboldtensis

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Araucaria humboldtensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Araucariaceae
Genus: Araucaria
Section: A. sect. Eutacta
Species: A. humboldtensis
Binomial name
Araucaria humboldtensis
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Araucaria humboldtensis in Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
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Araucaria humboldtensis (Humboldt's araucaria) is a species of conifer in the Araucariaceae family. It is found only in New Caledonia. It is threatened by habitat loss, as even though the remaining wild populations are located within protected park areas, an increased frequency of forest fires in recent years has led to continued degradation of habitat and increased dieback of mature trees.[2]

Araucaria humboldtensis is one of the smaller trees in its family, ranging from 6–15 m in height, with a distinct flattened crown in mature specimens. It is found in the wild only in three remnant populations in the south of the main island Grand Terre, growing on Mont Humboldt, Mont Mou and Mont des Sources at an altitude of between 750–1500 m.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, P. (2010). "Araucaria humboldtensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2010: e.T30983A9587189. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-3.RLTS.T30983A9587189.en. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  2. ^ Conifer Specialist Group 1998. Araucaria humboldtensis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Archived June 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Downloaded on 11 May 2016.
  3. ^ Araucaria humboldtensis, The Gymnosperm Database