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Old 19-03-2003, 02:20 PM
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According to a snippet in the local capital city weekend tabloid (_The
Sunday Mail_, Brisbane, 16 Mar 2003 P.43) orders are now being
accepted for the supply of Wollemi pine plants.

Mind you, you'll have to be patient because they are not due for
release until 2005.

The joint venturers (Birkdale Nursery and the Qld Dept of Primary
Industries) won the right to produce plants some time ago and are
propagating them near Gympie in SE Queensland, operating as Wollemi
Australia.

Prospective buyers can register now to buy plants by subscribing to
the Wollemi Pine Conservation Club at www.wollemipine.com. (They
don't seem to want any money from you just now.

It's interesting to see the options for the form of "your tree":
Indoor, Patio, Ground cover, or Tree. Very versatile.




Cheers, Phred.

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Old 19-03-2003, 06:56 PM
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Is it thought to be suitable for bonsai? What is special about this species?
How is it related to other pines? Does it belong to the genus Pinus? How would
you grow it indoors?
Iris,
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In article , Iris Cohen
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Is it thought to be suitable for bonsai? What is special about this species?
How is it related to other pines? Does it belong to the genus Pinus? How would
you grow it indoors?


http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/html/Wollemi/Research.html
http://www.botanik.uni-bonn.de/conifers/ar/wo/

What's special? It's rare; it's lacking in genetic diversity; and it's
newly discovered. It's described as a living fossil, but I'd be cautious
about accepting this status.

It's a monotypic genus (Wollemia) in Araucariaceae (which also contains
Norfolk Island Pine, Kauri Pine and Monkey Puzzle, inter alia).
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Old 19-03-2003, 07:44 PM
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Iris Cohen schreef
Is it thought to be suitable for bonsai? What is special about this

species? How is it related to other pines? Does it belong to the genus
Pinus? How would you grow it indoors?
Iris,

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If I understand the site right it offers the opportunity to vote for having
the tree converted to bonsai! So it is up to you. If all the bonsai clubs
mobilize to vote for Wollemia bonsai, there will be!

As I understand Australia, "pine" there means a coniferous tree suitable for
making masts of sailing ships. So the one requirement a conifer has to meet
to be a pine (in Australia) is size. Taxonomic relationship has no bearing
on shipbuilding qualities and thus not on names.

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