35 Kauri Agathis australis

Family: Araucariaceae

Description:   New Zealand’s largest tree (by volume), it is one of the world’s most ancient trees, related to the bunya and the Norfolk pine. It is found naturally in the northern half of the North Island but has been planted widely elsewhere.  Only four percent of the original kauri forests remain.  The forests were plundered for the timber, highly prized for boat building, construction and panelling.  A disease: kauri dieback, is threatening the remaining forest.