Monkey Puzzle Tree
Isn't this the strangest conifer you've ever seen? This tree is called a Monkey Puzzle (Araucaria araucana) and is a native of south-central Chile. I had never seen one before, but here in Portland, Oregon we have an amazing living history museum for trees and plants called the Hoyt Arboretrum.
Located only 2 miles from downtown Portland, you can see trees from all over the world in the space of 187 acres. It's a must see destination for for naturalists.
This is a monkey puzzle branch up close. Their foliage reminded me of an agave plant. Of all the conifers at the Hoyt Arboretum this monkey puzzle tree felt the most ancient. I could see a tree of this sort being part of a dinosaur's landscape.
Have you ever seen one of these monkey puzzle trees before?