12 October, 2014

Wollemi Pines: Secret plantation in Blue Mountains to ensure species' survival

Twenty years ago this month, the Wollemi Pine made headlines around the world when it was discovered in a remote canyon in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
Dubbed "a living fossil", the distinctive pines captured the world's attention because it was thought they had been extinct for at least 60 million years.
The Wollemi Pines, which were discovered in 1994, are about 40 metres tall and are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old.
Their trunks are more than a metre in diameter and they have distinctive bark which resembles bubbling chocolate.
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