SU9081 : Monkey Puzzle tree

taken 3 years ago, near to Taplow, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Monkey Puzzle tree
Monkey Puzzle 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
Saturday, 23 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 17 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 9017 8192 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.7401N 0:42.0924W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 9018 8191
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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