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This blog will contain pictures and information from my everyday encounters with nature in London and the surrounding areas. I will log details of the origin of each photograph thus recording what there is to be seen and where it was seen. I very much welcome anyone else who can upload photos and information about nature in London and the home counties. I work freelance in the film industry so have plenty of days off. I hope to update Monday to Friday and once on the weekend posting at around 19.30, I don't post on bank holidays

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Monkey-puzzle (Araucaria araucana)

Dulwich rd, SE24
  One of the best things about observing nature in the midst of London is the opportunity to see species that are unlikely to be seen in rural areas. The Monkey puzzle also known as Chile pine is another tree that was brought to Britain around the end of the 18th century for its ornamental appeal and it’s an individual looking tree with a long straight trunk and a mess of branches. It’s native to South America specifically, Chile and Argentina. It is one of the hardiest species of conifer and enjoys plenty of rainfall and can live comfortably down to about -20C. The tree can be harvested for seeds very similar to pine nuts and it’s thought may live up to 1000years. The tree is no longer harvested for its wood as it’s status is vulnerable in this country.

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