Plants, Weird and unusual, Common and underutilized,
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Araucaria Araucana - Monkey puzzle
Eventually making a large tree with tall straight trunk. Well known for its distinctive silhouettewith rigid, sharp scale-like leaves arranged in spirals around the length of the branches. The large cones take 2 or 3 years to mature and then disintegrate when the seeds are ripe.
Native to Argentina and Chile and is the national tree of Chile.
Very ancient species that had a more widespread distribution in prehistoric times. Its remains have been found as fossils.