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Araucaria bidwillii (Bunya-bunya)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Gymnospermae > Coniferophyta > Araucariaceae > Genus: Araucaria

Araucaria bidwillii, Arderne Gardens, Claremont, Cape Town. [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]

Araucaria bidwillii, roadside in Kenilworth, Cape Town, showing the enormous cones that this species produces. [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]

Native to Queensland, Australia. It is a sacred tree of the Australian Aboriginal people. Seeds are eaten raw or cooked. It is grown in urban areas of southern Africa but not as commonly as Araucaria heterophylla (Norfold Island pine) and Araucaria araucana (Monkey puzzle).

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