Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Wollemia nobilis

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - April

Common name Wollemi pine
Scientific name Wollemia nobilis W.R.Jones et al.
Family  Araucariaceae

Genus: After Wollemi National Park where it occurs.

Species: After David Noble who discovered the species.

Distribution An extremely rare species which is restricted to the Wollemi National Park, north-west of Sydney, New South Wales.
Native habitat Rainforest gorges.
Description Tree to 40 m high.
Flowering/fruiting n/a

Location in Garden

 The best specimen is in Bed 249 near Melaleuca House Cafe. Other plantings are in Beds 0, 1 and 4 in the Connections Garden and in the Wollemi Walk of Discovery on Sundial Hill.


Discovered in 1994 by David Noble, a New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service officer, who took a specimen of the tree to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah for identification.

When it was realised that this was a new species, a concerted effort was made to develop a significant supply of commercially available plants for the public. The aim of this program was to discourage the threat of illegal collection, increase the enthusiasm for Australian horticultural products and raise royalties for the conservation of this species and other endangered plants in New South Wales.

Since 1994 Royal Botanic Gardens staff have carried out research concerning its taxonomy, horticulture and ecology.