Botanical name. Athrotaxis comes from two Greek words athros= crowded, and taxis= arrangement, referring to the overlapping arrangement of the leaves. The species name cupressoides is a Greek word meaning 'resembling cypress'.
Habitat. These trees live in Tasmanian mountain rainforests at 7001500 m above sea level.
Features. Pencil Pines grow to 15 m, live up to 1300 years and
grow very slowly (12 mm in diameter per year). They reproduce vegetatively
(by suckering from the roots) as well as from seed. The male and female
cones are found on the same tree.
European use. The timber is soft and pale reddish in colour and it is valuable for cabinet work, panels in houses and, in the past, was used for coach building.