Hoop Pine (species: Araucaria cunninghamii) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Araucaria cunninghamii
Hoop Pine

©Snow and Renie Amos: Araucaria cunninghamii up to about 6 m high at Lizard Island. MacGillivray Reef is in the background.

©Snow and Renie Amos: Araucaria cunninghamii at Lizard Island.

©Snow and Renie Amos: There were many small Araucaria cunninghamii trees around the larger ones at Lizard Island in Nov 2019.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Pinopsida
Order Pinales
Family Araucariaceae
Genus Araucaria
Species Araucaria cunninghamii



Distinguishing features

This is the only pine tree known from Lizard Island. It occurs in a single grove comprising some tens of trees at the base of a steep slope on the eastern side of Cook's Look. Trees up to 12 m high were recorded in the 1980s (ALA accessed 24 Sep 2019) but in Nov 2019, the tallest were only about 6 m and there were many small ones (Snow Amos).


  • Up to 12000 cm (height recorded in 1987 by Fisher, ALA accessed 24 Sep 2019)



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