20 Bunya bunya Araucaria bidwilli

Family: Araucariaceae

This tree is known as bunya pine (although it is not a pine) or the ‘false monkey puzzle’, a tree it is closely related to. It is native to South East Queensland. The very large cones  release large edible nuts which gave it cultural significance to the aboriginal people who had major ceremonies when the nuts were harvested. The Monkey Puzzle is a native of Chile and both trees had a common origin 100 million years ago in Gondwanaland. Whanganui Protected tree T23.