Thursday, 13 December 2007

Wollemia nobilis

Wollemia nobilis: Until 1994 this bizarre-looking tree was known only from 120 million-year-old fossil leaves. Since then a few have been discovered but it is estimated that fewer than one hundred exist in the wild. They have strange bark that looks like bubbles of chocolate (below), multiple trunks, and ferny-looking leaves growing in spirals. They can grow up to 125 feet tall.

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