The wood of this species is white or sometimes with a reddish hue and known in Fiji as Dakua wood and in the Santa Cruz Group as Vanikoro kauri. It is very valuable and used for construction, for flooring in houses, for masts, booms and spars in sailing boats, for carpentry and for furniture making. Resin is tapped from trees, but also dug from the ground (subfossil resin) and used in making varnishes, pottery glazing, and dying cloth black with the smoke from burning it. Fijian kauri pine has been planted as a forestry tree in the Solomon Islands (Santa Cruz Group) and elsewhere in the SW Pacific in an attempt to obtain timber more sustainably from a truly renewable resource.
References and further reading
- Bennet, J.A. 2000. The grievous mistakes of the Vanikoro concession': The Vanikoro Kauri Timber Company Solomon Islands, 1926-1964. Environment and History 6(3):317-347.
- Farjon, A. (2013). Agathis macrophylla In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 05 July 2013.
- Neil, P. (1990). Conservation and management possibilities for Agathis macrophylla in Vanuatu. Forest Ecology and Management 35: 239–248.
- Smith, A.C. (1979). Flora Vitiensis Nova: a new Flora of Fiji. Pacific Tropical Botanic Garden, Hawaii.
- Thomson, L.A.J. (2006). Agathis macrophylla (Pacific kauri). Species Profiles for Pacific Island Agroforestry. Available at: Http://www.Traditionaltree.Org... 6 August 2007. (Accessed: 27 July 2010).
- Whitmore, T.C. (1980). A monograph of Agathis. Plant Systematics and Evolution 135:41–69.