Link. This sort of reminds me of going to Yosemite and seeing those tree cross sections with the really old historic events marked in the rings. Only, you know, way older.
Planting the rare tree Sir David [Attenborough, wildlife expert,] said: "How marvellous and exciting that we should have discovered this rare survivor from such an ancient past.
"It is romantic, I think, that something has survived 200 million years unchanged.
"There are other plants that come from that period; but to suddenly find not just a new species but a new genus, too, is really quite exciting."
On the same day Actor Kenneth Branagh was to plant a Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis) at Wakehurst Place, Kew's country garden in Sussex, where seeds are already preserved in the Millennium Seed Bank.
A tall conifer, it is closely related to the monkey puzzle tree, and has an unusual pattern of branching, with the mature foliage having two ranks of leaves along the branches.
Indexed by tags nature, botany, tree, extinct, Jurassic, Wollemi pine.