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Wollemi Pines

  • 22 Jan 2020
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The prehistoric Wollemi Pine grove, which exists in the Wollemi National Park northwest of Sydney, has been saved from bushfires in Australia.

Key Points

  • Wollemi Pines are thought to have existed even during the Jurassic period. The oldest fossil of the rare pine species dates back 90 million years.
  • Wollemi National Park is the only place in the world where these trees are found in the wild. Approximately, less than 200 trees are left.
  • The pines, which prior to 1994 were thought to be extinct. Their location was kept secret to prevent contamination. They have benefited from an unprecedented environmental protection mission.
  • Wollemi Pine (Wollemia Nobilis) is listed as critically endangered in the IUCN Red List.
  • Wollemi National Park is a part of the Greater Blue Mountains Area which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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