Eutassa nemorosa (de Laub.) de Laub.
Araucaria nemorosa is an evergreen tree with an oval or conical crown; it can grow up to 15 metres tall. The largest boles recorded are around 65 - 70cm in diameter[
Although under severe pressure (the tree is classified as 'Criticaly Endangered'), the tree is still sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.
The species is severely fragmented; has a very small extent of occurrence; a very small area of occupancy; coupled with a projected continuing decline. The total population is less than 5,000 mature individuals in two locations. More than 90% are found in seven fragments around Port Boisé while the remainder are slightly inland at Forêt Nord where a smelter is being developed. This area is the focus of an ongoing restoration programme. Subpopulations in the immediate vicinity of Port Boisé are primarily threatened by fire. Genetic research indicates high levels of inbreeding as a result of fragmentation. The plant is classified as 'Critically Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Pacific - southeast New Caledonia
Found in small groups or wide apart among low (to 10 metres) and open to dense evergreen forest or scrub interspersed with nearly black, stony areas (cuirasse) almost devoid of vegetation; at elevarions from 20 - 185 metres[
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Araucaria nemorosa is a plant of southern New Caledonia, where it is found at elevations below 200 metres. It is found in an area where the mean annual rainfall is approximately 2,500 - 3,000mm[
Found in the wild on soils and underlying rocks that are impoverished indurated ferritic soils overlying peridotites[
No mention of edibility has been seen for this species, though many, if not all, of the species in this genus are likely to have edible seeds[
]. The seeds are up to 30mm long, contained in a cone up to 11cm long and 5 - 9cm wide[
The tree is utilized locally for its wood[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 15°c[
]. The plants have a rather sparse root system and are best placed in their final positions as soon as possible.
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