Survival techniques: plant sex and growing mega clumps of trunks
While there are only about 100 trees growing at the secret site in the wild, Wollemi Pines have some pretty cool survival tricks up their bark.
“One of the unique features of the Wollemi Pine, and one that we believe has helped it last for so long, is its self-coppicing ability,” Dr Offord said.
“This means it can grow up to 150 individual trunks, often forming a mega clump of trunks.
“Rock falls are common in its habitat, so if one damages a trunk, a new leader will take over,” she said.
Another fascinating survival technique is the Wollemi Pine’s ability to self-fertilise using its easily identified male and female cones.