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Monkey Puzzle Tree

Araucaria araucana

Plant Data

Order:
Pinales
Family:
Araucariaceae (Araucarians)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Male and female catkins appear on separate trees. The males appear after the tree is 150 years old and the females after 50 years. Flowers seldom seen but look a little like large scaly pine cones.
Fruit:
Orange to brown, oblong-triangular seeds (nuts) with papery wings. The long and narrow seeds are each about the size of an almond.
Leaves:
An evergreen tree. Very distinctive and unmistakable. Whorls of dark green spiny leaves, triangular in shape.
Maximum Size:
40 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The seeds are edible, raw or cooked. They are said to taste like pine nuts.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Chile Pine, Chilean Pine, Monkey Tail Tree.
Habitats:
Gardens, parkland.