Agathis robusta Queensland kauri
This giant rain-forest tree comes in both male and female forms and its cones resemble those of other araucarias. Leaves, about 4 inches long, have strictly parallel, very fine venation. Three young trees grow between Galvez Mall and Green Library, just south of the ginkgo plantation. They were about an inch in diameter in 2004; in due course, they could reach heights up to 160 feet and trunk diameters up to 8 feet. The famous kauri of New Zealand, a tremendous tree in both height and girth, is related. Neither is related to the karri, another record setter for height.
Name derivation: Agathis – Gk. agathis, a ball of thread (referring to the cones); robusta – robust.
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.