Sunday, July 22, 2012

Monkey Pine or Monkey Puzzle Tree

This is one of the strangest trees I have ever seen. I first saw these trees in South and Central America where they are fairly common. We called them Monkey Pines because they have curved tail-like branches. The real name is Monkey Puzzle Tree. I found this one growing in California. It is interesting how we come to associate things with certain places. I was struck with how incongruent this particular tree was, being so far from home.

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