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Araucaria montana

(Araucaria montana)

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Description

Araucaria montana, the mountain araucaria, is a species of conifer in the Araucariaceae family. It is found only in New Caledonia. Araucaria montana is the most widely distributed of New Caledonia's native Araucaria species, and is found throughout the main island of Grande Terre, as well as a small population on Île d'Art. However it is still considered vulnerable due to fragmentation of populations and degradation of habitat, due mainly to mining activities. Height of mature trees can vary from 10–40 meters. A population genetic study suggested that the less common A. laubenfelsii may not be distinct from A. montana. The Latin specific epithet montana refers to mountains or coming from mountains.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum:
Class: Pinopsida
Order:Pinales
Family:Araucariaceae
Genus:Araucaria
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