We’ve got Wollemi pine in the conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens!
By now you’ve seen the stories about the Wollemi pines in Australia that were threatened by and then saved from the bushfires there by a team of Australian firefighters. The Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis) exists in incredibly small numbers in the Australian wild and nowhere else. It’s a prehistoric tree that we didn’t even know existed until more than 25 years ago, when a New South Wales wildlife service officer discovered a grove.
Check out our Wollemi pine and marvel at this dinosaur tree from an ancient epoch. Its existence at Matthaei is one example of the important role that botanical gardens play in displaying and protecting specimens of rare plants from around the world. Our Wollemi pine was acquired as a small cutting from the National Geographic Society in 2007. It’s related to the Norfolk Island Pine, a popular houseplant.