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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Amazing Monkey Puzzle Tree

Native to Chile and Argentina, Araucaria araucana, commonly known as Monkey Puzzle Tree, was alive 200 million years ago and kept company with dinosaurs. Spine-like needles acted as protection from ancient grazing animals now long extinct. 

Monkey Puzzle Trees can live for 1,000 years and grow to 50m high with a trunk diameter of over 3m. Their bark is fire resistant, so islands of them can grow on the slopes of rocky volcanoes, and survive lava flows!

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