The prehistoric Wollemi Pine grove, which exists in a secret location within the Wollemi National Park northwest of Sydney, has been saved from Australian bushfires in a covert firefighting mission.
- Family: Wollemia is a genus of coniferous tree in the family Araucariaceae.
- Distribution: Wollemi National Park in New South Wales is the only place in the world where these trees are found in the wild. The genus is named after the National Park.
- Common name: The tree has been almost universally referred to as the Wollemi pine, although it is not a true pine (genus Pinus) nor a member of the pine family (Pinaceae)
- Timeline: The Wollemi Pine is one of the world’s oldest and rarest plants dating back to the time of the dinosaurs. The oldest fossil of the Wollemi tree has been dated to 90-200 million years ago.
- Conservation Status: With less than 200 left, the Wollemi pine is classified as critically endangered (CR) on the IUCN’s Red List. prior to 1994 it was thought to be extinct.
Source : Indian Express