A. angustifolia or bidwilii ?

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  1. jaro_in_montreal

    jaro_in_montreal Active Member

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    Took these photos in the San Diego area recently, but not sure what these are.
    What are the distinguishing characteristics, at this range ?
    Please ID (thnx).
     

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    markinwestmich Active Member

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    As you say, it is difficult to tell from this distance. That said, folks in southern California have planted many A. bidwillii over the years, making it a likely candidate.

    A. angustifolia is critically endangered. Personally, I wish that there was more of an effort to reestablish it in cultivation. Seeds rarely show up on the internet. Actual plants for sale are almost nonexistent. Come to think of it, most Araucariaceae are difficult to find, with exception of a few.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Araucaria bidwillii. The crown shape is right for that; A. angustifolia has a slightly different shape (mainly flatter-topped).

    Also in pic #3, note the fairly large leaves arranged semi-flattish either side of the shoot; in A. angustifolia they are all round the shoot, more like A. araucana, and less variable in size with none as large as the larger leaves here.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    I think the leaves of Parana pine tend to be more narrow as well, hence angustifolia.
     
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    looking at these photos it is definitely a bunya pine and looks to be a bunya pine from the tablelands in far north queensland
     

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