Araucaria cunninghamii Aiton ex D.Don
Son-nam (Thailand); Araucaria (Papua New Guinea); Pien (Indonesia); Ningwik Ningwik (Indonesia); Alloa (Indonesia)
Araucaria beccarii Warb.
A very large, symmetrical tree up to 60 (-70) m tall, bole straight, cylindrical and self-pruning up to 40 m high and up to 200 cm in diameter, leaf-bearing twigs all along the length of the branches.
A. cunninghamii occurs most often in sub-montane Fagaceae forest on leached soils up to 2750 (-4000) m altitude. The tree is cultivated as an ornamental, and the seeds are edible.
Coastal regions of New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland to Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya (Indonesia).
Large scale plantations have been established in South Africa, Papua New Guinea and Australia.
The wood is lightweight and soft.
rays barely visible to the naked eye, usually pale and not very prominent on the radial surface. Rays 6-8/mm, almost exclusively uniseriated, sometimes biseriate, up to 20 cells high.
Sapwood is straw-colored or pale yellow-brown, while the heartwood a little darker with a slight pinkish tinge.
Outstandingly fine and uniform.
The wood is considered to be non-durable in contact with the ground, but it is resistant to Lyctus attack.
Heartwood is often moderately resistant, while the sapwood is relatively easy to be penetrated by preservatives.
Ease of Drying: Boards can be kiln dried from the green with very good results and no particular seasoning difficulties need be anticipated.For 50 mm stock, preliminary air drying is suggested. 25 mm board:About 4 days are required to kiln dry from green to 12 % m.c..A
Low to moderate.
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