NG9239 : Detail of Monkey Puzzle foliage (Araucaria araucana)

taken 7 years ago, near to Attadale, Highland, Great Britain

Detail of Monkey Puzzle foliage (Araucaria araucana)
Detail of Monkey Puzzle foliage (Araucaria araucana)
The high-level walk in the gardens of Attadale House, being level with the upper branches of trees, provides a rare opportunity to study the foliage of this familiar yet exotic tree and to appreciate just how thick and sharp the glossy leaves are.
Araucaria araucana Tree
Commonly known as a Monkey Puzzle tree, it is a slow growing evergreen tree growing up to 40 m tall with a 2 m trunk diameter. It is native to central and southern Chile and western Argentina. It is the hardiest species of the conifer genus Araucaria.
The tree usually has male and female cones on separate trees and is a wind pollinated. The seeds are usually dispersed by birds and squirrels. They are edible, similar to large pinenuts. However the tree does not yield seeds until it is around 30 to 40 years old. It is tolerant of temperatures down to -20C, and coastal salt spray.
It was originally found in Chile in the 1780s and is the national tree of Chile.
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Date Taken
Monday, 29 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 9 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NG 927 390 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:23.6817N 5:26.9990W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NG 927 390
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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