Araucaria humboldtensis

Araucaria humboldtensis, or Humboldt's araucaria, is a species of conifer in the family Araucariaceae. 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.[1]

Araucaria humboldtensis
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Araucaria humboldtensis in Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
(unranked): Gymnosperms
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Araucariaceae
Genus: Araucaria
Section: A. sect. Eutacta
Species:
A. humboldtensis
Binomial name
Araucaria humboldtensis
Buchh.
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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 and 1500 m.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Thomas, P. (2010). "Araucaria humboldtensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2010: e.T30983A9587189. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-3.RLTS.T30983A9587189.en. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  2. ^ Araucaria humboldtensis, The Gymnosperm Database

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