Agathis corbassonii / Corbasson Kauri

Agathis corbassonii, first described in 1969 by David de Laubenfels (born 1925) is commonly known as Kaori rouge, or Corbasson kauri.

Description. Corbasson kauri is a medium-sized to large evergreen coniferous species of tree which will grow to mature height of (120 feet (40 m) tall. The leaves are in decussate opposite pairs, 1.8 to 2.8 inches (4.5 - 7 cm) long (up to 4.5 inches / 11 cm long on young plants) and 0.24 to 0.44 inch (6 - 11 mm) broad. The seed cones are globose, 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, disintegrating at maturity to release the winged seeds which are in the form of a an oblong nut 0.6 inch (15 mm) long by 0.4 inch (10 mm) wide.

natural range of <em>Agathis corbassonii</em>
natural range of Agathis corbassonii

Distribution. this species is native to New Caledonia, where it occurs scattered throughout the north and center of the island at altitudes of 1,000 to 2,200 feet (300 - 700 m). It is threatened by habitat loss.

Attribution from: WIkipedia

Agathis corbassonii — a large tree growing in habitat.
Photo by Daniel & Irene Létocart
Agathis corbassonii —base of the trunk. 7.55 m in circumference. Forest Poami, New Caledonia (30/05/2003).
Photo by Remy Amice
Agathis corbassonii at the Montgomery Botanical center, Coral Gables, Florida.
Photo by Tom Cox

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