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Wollemia nobilis (Wollemi pine): This bizarre-looking tree was known only from 120 million-year-old fossil leaves before 1994... when it was discovered growing in a gorge in Australia, causing great excitement in the botanical & horticultural worlds. Dubbed a 'living fossil' it is the only remaining member of an ancient genus. It has strange, sometimes bubbly looking bark, & Fern/Cycad-like leaves, & can grow to 125 feet tall. Fewer than 100 exist in the wild.

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The Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis), discovered in 1994, is the only species in the genus, which had previously only been known from fossil record dating back to the Cretaceaous. It is only found in Wollemi National Park in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. Exotic pathogens such as Phytophthora cinnamonii, the introduction of exotic weeds, are threats to the Wollemi Pine. It continues to be assessed as Critically Endangered. Photo © Craig Hilton-Taylor