Araucaria, but which one?

Discussion in 'Araucariaceae' started by lorax, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. lorax

    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    This is growing on the grounds of the Hotel Quito, but the city has a whole bunch more of them. I can get as far as Araucaria, but I'm wondering which species it is, since the pictures I have found so far don't show the bunching of the branch tips the way this one has. (The tree in the center; colour is a bit off due to it being a nighttime shot under sodium lamps)

    Seriously Dr. Seuss-y trees, and I really want to grow one, but I'd like to know which one to ask for at the nursery.
     

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  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Start by comparing with hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii).
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Upon closer inspection, I'm leaning more towards Parana (Araucaria angustifolia) - it's got the triangular razor-sharp leaves, and the right growth habit.
     
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    I agree with Ron. It does look more like A. cunninhamii but I suppose that would be a bit far from home. A. angustifolia is probably more likely in that respect.
    Mine is still only young (angustifolia) and is still very conical. I managed to defy the local experts who told me it wasn't hardy enough to last the first winter outside. It been through 2 winters now and looks stronger than ever.
     
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    if the leaves are spiky it aint no hoop pine
     

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