Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Agathis atropurpurea

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - February

Common name blue kauri, black kauri
Scientific name Agathis atropurpurea B.Hyland
Family  Araucariaceae

Genus: Greek agathis, a ball of thread; from the appearance of the catkin on the female flowers.

Species: Latin atro, black, dark; purpurea, purple; referring to the bark.

Distribution Atherton Tableland and nearby areas of Queensland.
Native habitat Restricted to highland rainforests.
Description This is a large tree to 30-50 m.
Flowering/fruiting n/a

Location in Garden

You can see our three young trees in the lawn across the road from Melaleuca House Cafe.


It is not widely grown but could prove a useful specimen tree for parks and large gardens. The small round cones are quite decorative.

Araucariaceae includes such conifers as hoop pines, Norfolk Island pines, kauri pines and the Wollemi pine. In geological history, this family covered most of Australia. As our continent drifted north and the climate became drier, it was forced to retreat to the warmer, wetter north-east coast of the continent. The blue kauri has found a refuge on the Atherton Tableland - if global warming accelerates rapidly it may have run out of places to hide.


Agathis atropurpurea

Agathis atropurpurea