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Agathis moorei - (Lindl.) Mast.

Common Name Pacific Kauri, Moore Kauri
Family Araucariaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats A large emergent tree mainly restricted to areas of lowland rainforest that are mostly on non-ultramafic substrates[ 338 ].
Range Western Pacific - New Caledonia.
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Weed Potential No
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Tender Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Agathis moorei Pacific Kauri, Moore Kauri
Agathis moorei Pacific Kauri, Moore Kauri


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Agathis moorei is a medium-sized evergreen tree with a rounded crown that grows up to 30 m in height and 60-120 cm in diameter. The leaves are usually 5-6 cm long and 8-12 mm broad and in decussate opposite pairs. It has an oval-shaped cone up to 15 cm long and 12 cm diameter that disintegrate at maturity to release the winged seeds. It is endemic to New Caledonia, Australia, and Pacific and is threatened by habitat loss due to overexploitation of timber. The seed is edible however the plant has no known hazards and medicinal features. Also known as: Kaori Blanc, Kaori rouge

Physical Characteristics

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Agathis moorei is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 7 m (23ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender. The flowers are pollinated by Wind.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Agathis corbassonii de Laub. Dammara lanceolata Vieill. Dammara moorei Lindl. Salisburyodendron corb


Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Other Uses The heartwood is a creamy-white or light yellow, often with a pink reflection, turning golden brown on exposure; it is not clearly demarcated from the 8 - 11cm wide band of heartwood. The texture is fine; the grain straight. The wood is light in weight, soft, not very durable, being susceptible to dry wood borers and termites, and moderately susceptible to fungi. The wood seasons well with only a slight risk of checking or distorting; once dried it is stable in service. It works well with normal tools; screwing and nailing are good; gluing is correct. The wood has a wide range of uses, including for cabinet work and high class furniture, interior panelling and joinery, turnery, wood ware, light carpentry, boxes and crates, cooperage, veneer etc[ 848 ].

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Cultivation details

High nitrogen fertilizer annually. Found In: Australia, New Caledonia, Pacific.


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Seed, Cuttings of leading shoots.

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Agathis macrophyllaDakuaTree30.0 10-12 FLMHFSNM004
Agathis robustaQueensland KauriTree45.0 8-11  LMHSNM00 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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(Lindl.) Mast.

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