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Is this Araucaria Araucana

Posted by NoviceG Melbourne, VIC, Aus (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 14, 12 at 3:44

Hello!

Could you please tell me whether the tree I have growing in my front yard is the monkey puzzle tree or some other tree of the same family? I thought it was but after looking at some more pictures and descriptions I'm not too sure. The leaves are not spiky to feel and quite soft/i.e not bruise or hurt if brushed against your skin.

Here is a link to the pictures:

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to picture of the tree


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RE: Is this Araucaria Araucana

Here is another picture of the tree. Thanks :)


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Araucaria mulleri


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I don't think it is an Araucaria at all. Definitely not araucana and doesn't look like muelleri to me either.


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Very interesting, strange tree.
I think it's an Araucaria but definitly not araucana. It's not easy to find it out, because a lot of Araucarias have very similar ( young and ) adult needles.
Next week I will get back my book about Araucarias. Maybe there is an answer.

Wolfgang


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Sep 14, 12 at 13:10

Looks like it may need a permanent support. If it were mine I would also inspect the two trunks that appear to be wrapped around one another, with a view toward possibly cutting one of them off.


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LEAVES ON ARAUCARIA ARAUCANAS GO UPWARD OR POINT UP TOWARD THE END OF THE BRANCH.

JEEZ, FROM THE BARK, SIZE AND SHAPE IT LOOKS LIKE IT COULD BE AN ACACIA ?


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Thanks everyone :)

Wolfgang, I shall eagerly await an update from you.

Meanwhile I'll take some better pictures of the tree, leaves and trunk and post it here.

Novice Gardener
Victoria aka Garden State.


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I have an Araucaria muelleri and it is totally different. The branching structure, foliage and bark are not Araucaria-like. Better photos will confirm that this is something else.


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Here is a close up view of the top of the leaf. I've taken lots of pictures and attached a link below. Hopefully this should make it easier for you to tell me what it is. The leaves smells lovely when crushed.

Here is a link that might be useful: link to more photos


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Sat, Sep 15, 12 at 0:44

Melaleuca diosmifolia or similar species.


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Thank you very much bboy!


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Salicaceae is right. No conifer!

Good to see the details.

Good eye!!Compliment!

Wolfgang


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And the winner is................. bboy.

Melaleuca diosmifolia (Myrtaceae) it is!


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