Kauri Tree Single Sided Wooden Puzzle
Kauri is a type of pine tree belonging to one of the most ancient families of trees. Kauri are one of the largest and longest-living trees in the world. It is amongst the world's mightiest trees, growing to over 50 metres tall, with trunk girths up to 16 metres, and living for over 2,000 years. The Kauri tree featured in the puzzle image is over 800 years old. The trunk of the full-grown Kauri has greyish bark with a pattern like hammer marks, caused by the bark flaking off. Kauri gum oozes from the bark, leaves and cones of mature trees. It is how the Kauri protects itself from injury and decay. The gum hardens to seal any damaged surfaces, slowing the onset of rot and warding off insect attack The tree’s oblong leaves are flat and leathery; bronze when young but turning bright green as they mature. Kauri trees bear both male and female cones. Male cones are finger-shaped and fall once they have released their pollen in spring. Female cones are round and turn from green to brownish red as they mature. They ripen after three years of growth and release seeds that are dispersed by the wind.