Kauri ( pronounced "kah-oo-ree") is a type of pine tree belonging to one of the most ancient families of trees, growing to more than 50 metres tall, with trunk girths of up to 16 metres. Native to Northern New Zealand, it produces an excellent quality of timber and also gum that can be used by industry.
The kauri tree has both male and female cones, formed from overlapping, spirally arranged scales. Male and female cones can grow on the same branch, and cones of different ages are often found on the same tree. Round female cones and finger-shaped male cones are bright green in their early stages. As the male cone ripens it turns dark brown.
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