Araucaria Araucana
Known in Spanish as the Pehuén and in English as The Monkey Puzzle Tree (way more entertaining), this tree is native to the Andes region of Chile and Argentina. There was a small one of these in the greenhouse at Middlebury and I had a small obsession with it, but I had completely forgotten that I might find them down here.

The Pehuén trees are absurd looking, and beyond looking completely foreign, definitely don't seem like they should be lingering in the chilly Andes.

From a distance, the network of spiked branches seem chaotic. But each step closer presents an incredible symmetry.

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