N.moorei.jpg (37585 bytes)Nothofagus moorei: is known as the Antarctic Beech and is a member ofN.moorei2.jpg (30889 bytes) the Nothofagaceae family.
The Antarctic Beech is a tall tree with brown, scaly bark. The ovate leaves are dark green, six centimetres long and with toothed margins. Young growth is an attractive reddish colour. Flowers and fruits are insignificant.
In the wild, Nothofagus moorei is a magnificent tree. Basal coppice shoots usually surround its massive trunk.
Antarctic Beech inhabits cool-temperate rainforests on the north coast and northern tablelands of New South Wales as well as southern Queensland.
Usually, Nothofagus moorei is the dominant tree in these high altitude rainforests. The species occurs up to 1550 metres. In the Australian context this is very high indeed.
Most populations are now protected in National Parks. The two images were taken in New England National Park. This is one of the strongholds of these ancient trees.
Horticulturally, Nothofagus moorei probably has a future as an indoor plant. It may be found growing in a contrived rainforest gully in the National Botanic Garden at Canberra.
This species is one native plant that requires plenty of water. The Antarctic Beech is probably best left in its natural habitat where it may be admired on a visit to New England National Park.