new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Huon Pine | by freef0cus
Back to photostream

Huon Pine

The Huon Pine (Lagarostrobos franklinii) is a long-lived tree that only grows about 1mm in diameter a year, hence some 'seedlings' can actually be of significant age. Living specimens of this tree have been found to that are about 10,000 years in age. A huon pine can grow to be 10-20 m tall. The leaves are a bit like those of a conifer in appearance.

 

The wood of the huon pine is highly prized for its golden yellow colour, fine grain and natural oils that resist insect attack. This characteristic is the result of a chemical, methyl eugenol, that gives the timber its unique smell and preservative qualities. Heavy logging of the huon pine for its fine timber, coupled with the trees' slow growth has led to remaining stands being less than 10,500 hectares (26,000 acres) and only found the the South West Wilderness area of Tasmania, Australia. The remaining stands of this species of tree now have protected status within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and can only be 'salvaged' from logs found in waterways or leftover from logging activity prior to 1964. Source: information sourced from Wikipedia and own knowledge.

2,534 views
0 faves
3 comments
Taken on January 13, 2007