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.
cecropia tree. Check out Brigette's review of Andrew McCarthy's The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest For The Courage To Settle Down here: http://chaptersandscenes.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/brigette-reviews-the-longest-way-home/