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Araucaria Cones

Naturevolume 43page29 (1890) | Download Citation



I AM happy to say that I can inform the Duke of Argyll of at least two instances within my own personal observation of the fruiting of Araucaria. The cones were seen, and one of them handled, by myself and many members of the Geologists' Association five years ago, when we were entertained at luncheon by our excellent Rural Dean, the Rev. J. T. Brown, Rector of St. Paul's, Wokingham. The fact will be found recorded in the Proc. Geol. Assoc., vol. ix. p. 223. The other instance was a few years earlier, and the tree which bore the cones is, I believe, still standing on the lawn of Sandhurst Rectory. My attention was drawn to them, as to something somewhat rare, by the present Bishop Suffragan of Reading, who was Rector of Sandhurst at that time. A year or so later, a geologist, who has written much on palæobotany, when on a visit to this neighbourhood for the purpose of making the acquaintance of the London Bagshots, had the assurance to inform me that the Araucaria never blossomed or fruited in this country, because it was a diœcious tree! In order to convince him of his error on so fundamental a matter, I took him to Sandhurst Rectory and pointed out the tree to him; but I cannot recollect if any fruitcones were on it then.

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