Conifers - Araucariaceae
Monkey puzzle tree
Scientific name: Araucaria araucana
Shape: to 50 m high, horizontal branches produced in tiers
Foliage: evergreen; spine-tipped leaves thickly clothing stem
Female cone: globular and up to 17 cm in length
Remark: the monkey puzzle was given its name by an observer who thought that monkeys wouldn’t be able to climb the spiky branches. Other araucarias can be seen in the Temperate House.