Agathis robusta (PROSEA)

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Agathis robusta (Moore) Bailey

Protologue: Syn. Queensl. fl.: 498 (1883).


  • Agathis palmerstonii (F. v. Mueller) Bailey (1891).

Vernacular names

  • Smooth-barked kauri (En).


New Britain, south-eastern Papua New Guinea and eastern Australia.


The wood is used as kauri. Trees are tapped for resin which is also dug up at the base of the tree.


  • A large tree of up to 48 m tall; adult leaves ovate, 5-9.5 cm × 1-2.6 cm, acute to rounded at the apex, tapering into a 3-10 mm long petiole.
  • Mature pollen cones 4-8.5 cm × 0.7-0.9 cm, microsporophylls with a sharply angled apex with 3 lateral faces of c. 1 mm wide.
  • Mature seed cones oval to elongated, 9-15 cm × 8-10 cm, seed bracts rounded obtriangular-ovate, with a large projection on one side and a smaller one near the base on the other.
  • Seed with a prominent, acute projection on one upper corner and a wing on the other.

A. robusta is locally common in recently disturbed places and occurs on a variety of soils up to 900 m altitude. The density of the wood is about 475 kg/m3 at 15% moisture content.

Selected sources

105, 163, 359, 748, 773, 774, 776, 780.


  • C.C.H. Jongkind (selection of species)

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