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Secret Wollemi Pine Population under Threat

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It was the botanical equivalent of finding dinosaurs alive – but now the Wollemi pine faces a new threat to its fragile existence.

In 1994 the world was stunned when David Noble, a park ranger on a holiday hike, stumbled upon a living population of conifers that before then had been seen only as fossils.
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The tree’s specific location remains a secret, but curious tourists pose one of the greatest threats the Wollemi pine. They trample seeds, disturb seedlings, compact soils, and can also introduce weeds and diseases. A root rot fungus now threatens the pines, likely carried in spore form on unauthorized visitors.
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In Perth, they recently knocked down the trees which were roosting places for endangered black cockatoos.
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Our extinction has already been written if you read the bible, although not a church person but on reading Daniel in the bible it predicts everything
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They are endangered because they have been isolate and inbred for millions of years, crossbreeding is the way to go, at least then some of their DNA and appearance will go on for a few more million years.
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My friend has one growing on their property in Kalorama -Mt Dandenong. Exceptionally healthy looking, they are a remarkable looking creation.
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Our Wollemi Pine is thriving in our backyard!
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While rumours abound about the trees' location, the NPWS estimates that fewer than 30 human beings have visited the remote gorge, most of whom are scientists. Because nearly all were blindfolded during the trip there, only a handful of people are capable of putting a cross on a map.
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I honestly don't think I have ever seen one. Are they limited to Australia?
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I honestly don't think I have ever seen one. Are they limited to Australia?
The few remaining wild trees are all in Australia. Good luck trying to find the exact location because they are not telling anyone. The trees are sensitive and too many visitors would more than likely kill them.
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The largest wild Wollemi Pine in the rainforest gorge is 40m tall with a main trunk of 63cm in width.
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