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Family Araucariaceae
Norfolk pine
Araucaria heterophylla (Salisb.) Franco
Nuo he ke nan yang shan

Scientific names Common names
Araucaria heterophylla (Salisb.) Franco Araucaria (Engl.)
Araucaria excelsa R. Br. Australian pine (Engl.)
Dombeya excelsa D. Don. House pine (Engl.)
Eutassa heterophylla Salisb. Australian pine (Engl.)
Yi ye nan yang shan (Chin.) Living christmas tree (Engl.)
  Norfolk Island pine (Engl.)
  Norfolk pine (Baguio)
  Star pine (Engl.)
  Triangle tree (Engl.)
  Nan yang shan (Engl.)

Other vernacular names
DANISH: Norfolk-gran.
DUTCH: Kamerden, Norfolk-araucaria, Norfolk-den.
FINNISH: Huonearaukaria, Huonekuusi, Norfolkinaraukaria.
FRENCH: Araucaria de l'île de Norfolk, Pin de Norfolk.
GERMAN: Edeltanne, Norfolktanne, Norfolk-Tanne, Zimmertanne.
ITALIAN: Araucaria di Norfolk.
JAPANESE: Kobano na nyou sugi, Noofooku matsu, Shima nanyou sugi.
PORTUGUESE: Araucária-de-Norfolk.
SPANISH: Pino de Norfolk, Pino de pisos, Araucaria de pisos.
SWEDISH: Rumsgran.

Norfolk pine is a cone-shaped evergreen tree growing 15 meters high, with lateral branches from the main trunk arranged in whorls. Branches are longest at the base, gradually becoming shorted upwards. Leaves are small, needle-like, crowded along the branches and branchlets.

- Widely distributed in the Philippines.
- Planted in parks and gardens.
- Native to Norfolk Island.

- Study of resin collected from the stem exudates yielded three labdane diterpenes, labda-8(17),14-diene, 13-epicupressic acid, and 13-O- acetyl-13-epicupressic acid.

Parts used


No reported folkloric medicinal use in the Philippines.

Resin / Antiulcerogenic:
Resin isolated from stem exudates showed anti-ulcerogenic activity against ethanol-induced stomach ulcers in Sprague Dawley rats using ranitidine as standard. (3)
Resin / Cytotoxicity / Breast and Colon Cancer Lines: Resin and isolated compounds showed variable cytotoxic activities against breast (MCF7) and colon (HCT116) cancer cell lines. The in vitro cytotoxic effect of the resin extract was comparable to the reference drug Doxorubicin. Effect may be a synergism effect of the diterpene content.(3)
Biosorbent / Chromium Removal: Study showed auracaria leaves has the potential for a cheap and efficient biosorbent for toxic hexavalent chromium removal from natural and wastewaters. (4)


April 2013

IMAGE SOURCE: Photo / File:Araucaria heterophylla Warsaw zoo słoniarnia 01.JPG / Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) foliage in Warsaw zoo / 10-05-2009 / Crusier / GNU Free Documentation License, / Click on image to go to source page / Wikimedia Commons
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: Photo / File:Norfolkpine001.jpg / Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk Island pines), Ōhope, near Whakatāne, New Zealand. / 14 DEC 2006/ Kahuroa / Public Domain / Click on image to go to source page / Wikimedia Commons

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Sorting Araucaria names / Authorised by Prof. Snow Barlow / Maintained by: Michel H. Porcher / MULTILINGUAL MULTISCRIPT PLANT NAME DATABASE / Copyright © 1997 - 2000 The University of Melbourne.
Araucaria heterophylla (Salisb.) Franco (accepted name) / Chinese names / Catalogue of Life, China
Chemical and Biological Investigation of Araucaria heterophylla Salisb. Resin
/ Essam Abdel-Sattar*, Azza R. Abdel Monem, Shahira M. Ezzat, Ali M. El-Halawany, and Samar M. Mouneir /
Efficient biosorption of chromium(VI) ion by dry Araucaria leaves / Dhara Shukla, Padma S Vankar / Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur / Publ at Research Gate

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