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121016CancunTulumMexicoTripMP0256

SHOT 12/7/16 12:41:34 PM - A detail shot of the underside of a branch of Araucaria columnaris, the Coral reef araucaria, Cook pine, New Caledonia pine, Cook araucaria, or columnar araucaria. It is a species of conifer in the family Araucariaceae. Araucaria columnaris is a distinctive narrowly conical tree growing up to 60 metres (200 ft) tall in its native habit. The trees have a slender, spire-like crown. To some they look like unusually tall, thin "Christmas trees". The bark of the Cook pine peels off in thin paper-like sheets or strips and is rough, grey, and resinous. The relatively short, mostly horizontal branches are in whorls around the slender, upright to slightly leaning trunk. The branches are lined with cord-like, horizontal branchlets. The branchlets are covered with small, green, incurved, point-tipped, spirally arranged, overlapping leaves. The young leaves are needle-like, while the broader adult leaves are triangular and scale-like. (Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2016)

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SHOT 12/7/16 12:41:34 PM - A detail shot of the underside of a branch of Araucaria columnaris, the Coral reef araucaria, Cook pine, New Caledonia pine, Cook araucaria, or columnar araucaria. It is a species of conifer in the family Araucariaceae. Araucaria columnaris is a distinctive narrowly conical tree growing up to 60 metres (200 ft) tall in its native habit. The trees have a slender, spire-like crown. To some they look like unusually tall, thin "Christmas trees". The bark of the Cook pine peels off in thin paper-like sheets or strips and is rough, grey, and resinous. The relatively short, mostly horizontal branches are in whorls around the slender, upright to slightly leaning trunk. The branches are lined with cord-like, horizontal branchlets. The branchlets are covered with small, green, incurved, point-tipped, spirally arranged, overlapping leaves. The young leaves are needle-like, while the broader adult leaves are triangular and scale-like.  (Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2016)